Illinois Policy Institute
8 months ago Illinois Policy Institute
From Illinois Policy Institute:
In Illinois, elected officials and government unions negotiate their contracts completely hidden from the eyes of taxpayers. This means taxpayers end up paying for increases in government workers’ salaries, benefits and other expenses – but aren’t even allowed to see what they’re paying for until it’s too late.
Unfortunately, about two weeks ago a bill aimed at shining a minimal amount light on these negotiations (House Bill 4268) failed to reach the floor. The bill would have allowed the public to see a contract posted online for 14 days and voice their opinion in a public forum once negotiations were complete.
The bill was debated in the Government Administration Committee, which ultimately failed to move it to the floor after it was voted down, 8-12. Click here for committee vote results. Letting the public know where their money is going – before it’s signed into law – is the least lawmakers can do.
Other states provide taxpayers with much more transparency. Illinois is one of only 11 states that still have completely secret collective bargaining.