PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announced today his intention to return 11% of his annual district office allotment back to the State of Illinois, saving taxpayers in excess of $7,600. The decision reflects Rep. Batinick’s personal commitment to fiscal discipline and follows up on his action last week formally refusing to accept a legislative pension.
“With the state facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, tough spending decisions will have to be made this spring to make responsible cuts in the state budget. I believe that sacrifice should start with our own budgets as legislators. The way I see it, I can’t vote to make reductions in other areas of state spending if I’m not willing to include my own office in those cuts.”
An Illinois Representative’s district office allotment is $69,409 per fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30 of the subsequent year. A reduction of 11% amounts to a savings of $7,635 in taxpayer funds from Batinick’s office. This reduction comes in addition to Rep. Batinick’s action last week voluntarily opting out of the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS), the pension program for state lawmakers.
“I view public service as a trust,” Rep. Batinick added. “I’m not here to provide an income for myself in retirement. I’m here to do my very best to serve our community and give local residents the strong voice they need in Springfield to preserve and strengthen our quality of life. We need to not only keep Will and Kendall Counties a great place to live, work and raise a family – but also expand economic opportunity for the innovators and entrepreneurs who create good-paying jobs here in the 97th District.”
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