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LEGISLATURE: Don’t pay lawmakers for special session

Letter by Betty J. Miller, Vaughn on March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm with 22 Comments »
March 8, 2012 1:51 pm

I cannot believe that once again we are going to pay our illustrious leaders for not getting their job done on time. In the private sector this would not be acceptable and should not be acceptable by the people. Balance the budget on time or work a special session at no cost.

State lawmakers apparently have not earned what they are being paid during a regular session so why should we reward their incompetence with more money and still no resolution?

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  1. cargilekm says:

    Actually, in the private secter this does happen. As a boss you can’t ask employees to work for free if they don’t get their work done. Let’s be honest in our posts.

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Hey, they got their most important issue passed. GAY MARRIAGE!!!!

    What a bunch of union and gay loving hacks we have as democrat legisltors.

    Except for the three D’s that jumped ship last weekend. They are my hero.

  3. To hell with the private sector. This is a scam that the legislators pull almost every year in order to collect more money and more per diem.

    The only way to stop it is to FINE them for each extra day they have to spend in Special Session to finish the work they should have completed BY LAW in the Regular Session.

    There needs to be a penalty when they screw-around on business that is less important that the state’s budget. They should be required to Prioritize their work, the State Budget being one of the highest if not The Highest Priority, and then do the highest priority work first! But if they still can’t get their highest priority work done before the end of the Regular Session, first Fine Them, then Fire Them!

  4. As an employee you do what your boss tells you to do. No choice is given as to what you focus your time on. You do the work and move on to the next task dictated to you.
    As a politician, you focus your time on the issues most pressing to the voting public. There is no choice as to what the issues will be or when they will become a priority.
    Things like viaducts, gay marriage, toll bridges, red light cameras, birth control, electric cars, etc… all serve as distractions which require their attention at some point.
    It’s as though there is not enough time to do it all.It seems it only takes a couple of days to remedy the situation. Will we be left with a budget that was rushed through with concessions which would likely not been given without the need to get it passed so quickly.

  5. cargilekm: “As a boss you can’t ask employees to work for free if they don’t get their work done”. Happens all the time…salaried employees. Work 40 hours, work 50, work 60…get paid the same.

  6. exactly… is the legislature salaried or hourly? if they are hourly, then they all owe us tax-payers reimbursement of the 75% of their time spent on fund-raising. if they are on salary; they need to shut their damn mouths and get to work.

  7. harleyrider1 says:

    Let the pension fund stealing begin so we can go home!

    Keep your eye on these Dem’s. Every couple of years they spend so much they borrow, borrow, borrow and cry higher taxes, no, I mean “fees”. then just before they go out the door, there’s the Democrat trick: Pension reform.

    This is where they raid pension funds that are solvent. Oh, and just “skip” the annual payment to some so they become ripe for reform next year.

    don’t you love Democrats? Well, someone keeps voting these pension fund raiders and big spenders back eahc year. Someone.

  8. harleyrider1 says:

    Let the pension fund stealing begin so we can go home!

    Keep your eye on these Dem’s. Every couple of years they spend so much they borrow, borrow, borrow and cry higher taxes, no, I mean “fees”. then just before they go out the door, there’s the Democrat trick: Pension reform.

    This is where they raid pension funds that are solvent. Oh, and just “skip” the annual payment to some so they become ripe for reform next year.

    don’t you love Democrats? Well, someone keeps voting these pension fund raiders and big spenders back each year. Someone.

  9. PumainTacoma says:

    cargilkm “Actually, in the private secter this does happen. As a boss you can’t ask employees to work for free if they don’t get their work done. Let’s be honest in our posts.”

    Where the heck to you work? Corporate employees exempt work 60+ hours week average. They are always working weekends too including too on blackberry everywhere…. You must work for the government.

  10. PumainTacoma says:

    Hey listen up legislators NO MORE PAY. Your paid a set rate like the rest of us exempt employees busting our butt to work these days with less resources less overhead banging out products and services for you to enjoy… so don’t even try to ask for more pay. In fact if the TRIBUNE was a reputable newspaper they’d ask every member about this… I don’t want to hear any sucking sounds for pay and benefits from these people… Do like the rest of your constituents you so brag about representing…. and you work until the job gets done… AND NO MORE PAY JUST BECAUSE…

  11. commoncents says:

    Don’t want them to have a per diem during special sessions then take it away entirely. Give them a salary increase and take away the per diem. Otherwise we will continually be arguing over what constitutes a special session and when they are and aren’t eligible for it. Get rid of it altogether…

  12. fbergford says:

    They get paid between $40-50K per session…

  13. philichi says:

    Isn’t the main job of these people to ration tax money? Why have they waited until the end of the session to begin to govern.

    Lets see, we have a state on the verge of bankrupcy. They decided to discuss gay marriage for 1 month.

  14. commoncents says:

    let’s be honest…even if they had focused 100% attention on this matter during the session they still wouldn’t have create a budget. Why? there would be no urgency to actually negotiate/capitulate on any items by either side until the very end and even then it would be too late. It’s not about getting things done but is about retaining/getting control.

  15. commoncents says:

    fbergford – Much closer to 40k than 50k. For most of the folks in the legilature this is likely a pay cut. They aren’t doing this for the money. However, it’s like most other jobs, you get what you pay for. Part time wages for full time job does not equate to best potential candidates for the position.

  16. philichi says:

    commoncents judging by the ones that I have met, $40 to $50k is more than they could ever make in the real world. They blow money like it is water. Than when the bill comes due, the change the subject to gay marriage. How much should we pay them?

  17. Scottc51 says:

    They did everything they could to avoid making actual grown-up decisions about the budget. Private sector employees that do this get fired. We can do that at election time.

  18. philichi says:

    Scottc51: The Public Union Paymasters are not allowing the Dems to act. Most of the Democrats don’t have the guts to vote against them. Time and money marches on. Unfortuanantly our credit rating will be the next victum of amateur hour in Olympia.

  19. amber424 says:

    Legislature Individual Salary – $42,106.00
    Washington 2012 Median Income – $51,671.00 (1 person household)

    This seems to be hardly part time income, commoncents. As someone who earns has a salary of less than 1/2 of the current median income, I feel no sympathy. If I do not get my job done correctly and on time, I get fired, period.

  20. took14theteam says:

    You can thank King County and Seattle for the idiots that run this state.

    It is that definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results. Well, we have seen the results for the past 20 years. Will the sheep wake up in November?

    Perhaps the “People” of the state should mandate that the budget is the first thing they do in session. When that is done, then they can do their pet projects to limit our freedom.

  21. writnstuff says:

    I agree with the letter writer.

    commoncents suggests “let’s be honest…even if they had focused 100% attention on this matter during the session they still wouldn’t have create a budget. Why? there would be no urgency…”

    I wonder if not being paid would create the sense of urgency they need to get their job done.

  22. commoncents says:

    writnstuff – unfortunately they are not on commission and I certainly don’t want their pay to be 100% bonused based. Talk about creating a short-sighted atmosphere of leadership.

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