TCizzle120313Dear Friends,

Today, the General Assembly passed an unconstitutional pension reform proposal that I did not support.

Like the supporters of Senate Bill 1, I’m concerned about our state’s fiscal situation and inability to pay its bills on time. But I understand a law that’s declared unconstitutional saves no money.

Our state’s pension crisis was not created overnight and shouldn’t be resolved by a proposal that does not pass several critical tests in solving the state’s pension crisis. SB1 didn’t involve stakeholders directly impacted by these changes in negotiations and the constitutionality of this proposal is uncertain. 

We cannot take away from the people who we have made promises to with a bill we know is not constitutional. The state needs to control its spending, including its pension spending. But it's unfair and immoral to go raiding retirees' savings to do it.

To hear my comments on the changes made to our state’s pension systems, click below. I appreciate all of the emails, phone calls and letters I have received from constituents across the district asking me to vote against pension reform and to fight for the rights of retirees. I have every intention of continuing to push for a more fair and equitable solution. 

I will continue to keep you updated on further developments. As always, do not hesitate to contact my office or send me an email with any questions or concerns.


Senator Tom Cullerton

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