Would stopping pols’ checks in budget battle pay off for Patrick?
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…
“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.”