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  •  i appreciate your concern (8+ / 0-)

    but the last pay raise was in 1999 - 14 years ago - and they make $30,000 a year for work that is far more than full time for half the year.  i don't want incompetents and retirees being the only ones there and reasonable pay is a step in the right direction.

    no one likes pay raises, unless they themselves are receiving them.

    as for the budget/taxes etc.  this is the time that the different branches are supposed to be putting forth their plans.  what they come up with in the end, i can't tell, but as long as it makes sense (financially and otherwise) and they don't have a special session, it will be an improvement over the last few years.

    •  "no one likes pay raises, unless they themselves.. (1+ / 0-)
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      ....are receiving them".

      True.  Unfortunately in this case the people giving themselves pay raises have to go in front of voters.

    •  ^^^THIS deserves more recs (3+ / 0-)
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      ChadmanFL, itskevin, bumiputera

      It's a real problem to have state legislators so poorly paid for what is really full-time work.  They're poorly paid in Virginia, too, and that limits who realistically can run.  It ensures the affluent have a major leg up, way disproportionate to their ability to win otherwise.

      Unfortunately voters never consider this.  Indeed, that state legislators lean toward being the pillars of their communities in the first place just makes voters that much more resentful at their pay.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:52:16 PM PDT

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