Rutherford speaks out against Governor's pay veto

By WEEK Producer

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- State Treasurer, and republican gubernatorial candidate, Dan Rutherford is speaking out against Governor Quinn's pay veto.

Rutherford was in Bloomington Thursday morning for a campaign fundraiser.

The gubernatorial candidate said Quinn's veto is waste of tax payer dollars and time.

Rutherford said a pension resolution should have been found back in 2011 when Quinn and lawmakers approved a substantial income tax hike.

“At that time they said this will help solve the problems and will help pay down the outstanding bills,” said Rutherford. “Well, first of all the outstanding bills for the state of Illinois in January of 2011 was $8.5 billion. In 2013, January 2013 the outstanding bills to vendors was at $9 billion.”

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have filed a lawsuit against Quinn, alleging the veto power he used to suspend lawmakers' pay was unconstitutional.

A hearing date has been set for September 18.

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