SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration says it needs up to two more months to produce a plan to provide three years’ back pay to union workers.

A lawyer for the Republican governor told the Illinois State Labor Relations Board in a letter Monday that determining how much is owed to 20,000 workers is onerous.

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Monday was the labor board deadline on the issue involving so-called step increases shut off in July 2015.

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The letter says transferring money from other funds could jeopardize feeding prison inmates, providing utilities to the poor or medical care at state facilities.

Rauner stopped step increases while negotiating a new contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. There’s still no deal.

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AFSCME officials say the union is determining a response.