Anthony takes aim at high-profile part-time salaries
State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, filed his first piece of legislation last week aimed at cutting wasteful spending in Springfield.
The proposed measure would eliminate salaries for certain part-time state boards and commissions, according to a news release from Anthony’s office. The lawmaker said doing so would be a step in the right direction of solving Illinois’ financial problems.
“Everyone knows that Illinois is facing a fiscal crisis,” Anthony said in the news release. “However, Springfield is still giving out salaries to members of part-time boards and commissions that rarely meet and are packed with friends of the political elite. I find this to be completely unacceptable and that is why I wanted my first piece of legislation to focus on correcting this problem.”
The legislation proposed eliminating salaries for 17 boards and commissions, although members of the affected boards and commissions would still receive reimbursement for travel expenses related to state work, according to the news release. If approved, it would save taxpayers about $4 million each year.
“I see this as the easy, low-hanging fruit that can be cut from the budget,” Anthony said in the news release. “I am actually surprised that after everything Illinois has been through, these types of salaries are still given out. I will dedicate myself to doing everything I can to eliminate wasteful spending and ensure your tax dollars are being used efficiently.”
The 75th District encompasses parts of Grundy, Kendall, Will and LaSalle counties. Anthony was chosen as the new state representative in August to replace Pam Roth, R-Morris, who resigned to move to Texas with her