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LEGISLATURE: Let’s provide some motivation

Letter by John P. Barnes, Olympia on May 1, 2013 at 10:29 am | No Comments »
May 1, 2013 3:12 pm

What makes a “special” legislative session any different than a “regular” session? The voters of Washington state elect our legislator with the expectation that they operate efficiently and with the best interests of the voters, that they hash out a bipartisan budget within the time frame given.

Yet once again the Legislature is about to enter into a “special” session (40 since 1981) in hopes of reaching an agreement on the budget deficit.

Legislators know at the start of the regular session how much the budget needs to be and how many days they have to do it in. As a college student. when a professor gives me an assignment I know the task and the amount of time I have to do it. I feel pressure to get it done during this time frame. If I don’t complete the project within the time, I am docked a percentage every day it is late, motivating me to get it done on time.

The Legislature, however, is not motivated to get its assignment done within the time frame it is given.

I propose this: If legislators need to go into a “special” session, they should do it at their own expense (not the taxpayers’) by either paying for the session, being required to volunteer their time or being docked a certain percentage of their pay for every day over the normal session.

I think this would provide motivation to complete their assignment on time.

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