If the citizens committee feels that the 11.2 percent raise for lawmakers will attract more quality legislators, what are they saying about the quality of our current elected legislators? How about the quality of state employees? I deem their reasoning totally off base.
The Olympian headline for Jan. 22 also refers to the fact that the legislators have not received a raise in seven years; what about the state employees? I have not had a raise in 7 years either; in fact I have had pay decreases, higher contributions for insurance and the state is contributing less to my retirement. Many state employees had to take mandatory furlough days.
Whenever monies are needed for the state budget the first to take the cut or wage freeze is the state employees. Our lame union thinks negotiating to recover what was already taken from us is a plus. The 3 percent and next year’s 1.5 percent brings back to 2007 wages.
State agencies have individual budgets so raises are not given freely. In fact they are few as budgets are cut to the bone by the legislators. If the citizens committee feels the legislators deserve 11.2 percent raises then so do the state employees. What about the moral of the state employees who are asked year after year to do more for less wages and benefit cuts?