Comptroller ready to pay, needs agencies to jump start paperwork
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) is providing additional information to those state employees who are expected to receive back pay under the Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Budget. Several District 58 constituents have reached out to his office in the past week. After years of waiting, they are looking for a time frame for when they might see the funds paid out.
“The funds were appropriated in the FY 2019 Budget and the Comptroller’s office is ready to pay them out as quickly as possible, however, they are waiting on the affected state agencies to submit the necessary paperwork to process these payments,” said Schimpf.
As agencies work to close the door on Fiscal Year 2018, they are also trying to work through the newly enacted budget. At this time it is unclear as to when they will begin to process the supplemental vouchers, however, they have until October 31, 2018 to submit them.
“Once the Comptroller receives a supplemental voucher, it will be included in the payroll schedule for payment. Let me be clear, it will not be placed in the backlog of bills, commonly referred to as the ‘queue,’” said Schimpf. “However, additional processing and approval time will occur once the Comptroller receives the vouchers, but it will be much shorter than for a bill placed in the queue.”
One of Sen. Schimpf’s “8 for ‘18” legislative priorities was ensuring that state employees received the back pay they were owed. He has been a longtime advocate for honoring the promises made to these AFSCME workers and voted in favor of the FY 2019 Budget on May 30, 2018.
About Senate District 58
The 58th Senate District includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens. Discover more at senatorschimpf.com and find him on Facebook.