State lawmaker steps back from 'pain' remarks

Updated 5/27/2010 5:14 PM

State Rep. Karen May of Highland Park stepped back Wednesday from remarks she made Monday at a Democratic news conference proposing state budget cuts.

Proposing that state retirees not yet old enough for Medicare should pay a portion of their own health-care premiums, May said, "They need to feel the pain."

"I would have, could have, should have, said, 'We must all share the pain,'" May clarified Wednesday. "If it came out differently, I apologize."