Would stopping pols’ checks in budget battle pay off for Patrick?

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Faced with an overwhelming, $100 billion pension crisis, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made the bold (and possibly unconstitutional) move of cutting off lawmakers’ paychecks until they fixed the mess…

Expert quote:

“It’s novel, and of course it would go to the courts. But as a public relations move, it would go far for Gov. (Deval) Patrick, and it would put the onus on the House and Senate to do something. If he made such a threat, you’d see movement on the budget.”

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