SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar is lauding Gov. JB Pritzker’s move to recognize fair pay for state employees and distance himself from the anti-worker policies of the previous administration.

In his first full day in office, Pritzker announced he will begin bringing state employees to their appropriate step salary level and that he plans to continue addressing outstanding employment issues, such as back pay. State workers, including prison guards, veterans home nurses and public health monitors, have been owed this for years.

“This is a step in the right direction. It doesn’t resolve all the issues that linger, but it tells state workers that the new governor understands their issues, values their work and is on their side,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who helped advise the governor’s transition team.

Manar said he is pleased with the turnaround and acknowledged the effect that the uncertainty of the past four years has had on state workers and the central Illinois economy.

“By far, the No. 1 constituent question my office continues to receive is when will state employees see back pay and promised step advancement restored,” said Manar, whose district includes thousands of state workers.

“I appreciate that the governor has made this a priority and that he intends to move ahead in a manner that is responsible to the taxpayers of this state. I also hope this is bodes well for inking a new contract agreement with state employees.”

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