Constituents provide feedback at Rep. Welter town halls; Welter to decline pay during special session

SPRINGFIELD– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) held town hall meetings in Seneca on June 15 and Plano on June 21 in advance of the 10-day special session of the Illinois House of Representatives which begins today. At the town halls, local residents expressed their desire to have the state pass a balanced budget without tax increases and to provide property tax relief.

Representative Welter also announced today that he will decline his salary and per diem during the 10-day special session. Per diems alone will cost taxpayers an additional $24,237 per-day for the House of Representatives and State Senate to be in special session during the final 10 days of June.

“I appreciate everyone who took time out of their evening to attend one of my recent town hall meetings,” Representative Welter said. “I heard the voices and concerns of local residents loud and clear. They want us to pass a balanced budget and prove that the state will be responsible stewards of their hard-earned tax dollars. They also want us to enact meaningful property tax relief so that working families and seniors on fixed incomes can afford to stay in their homes.”

 “We cannot afford to let critical road safety projects shut down on July 1, or allow the Illinois economy to sink further due to credit downgrades and the continued loss of jobs to neighboring states,” Welter added. “Passing a full-year, balanced budget is the only way to avoid these damaging outcomes. I will not be accepting pay or per diems during special session, because the Illinois General Assembly should have done its job and passed a balanced budget by the May 31 deadline.”

For questions or more information, please call Representative Welter’s office at (815) 416-1475.

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