Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Napolitano making friends

Governor Napolitano has announced that she is against Proposition 300 which would raise the legislator's salaries from $24,000 to $30,000. After they were willing to pass her budget, you'd think it would be the least she could do for them.

A very Democratic argument for raising salaries at the legislature is that its a full time job with part time pay. The pay is not enough for some one who isn't wealthy or at least well off to run for the job and expect to put food on the table. One would think that the Governor would want more people from diverse backgrounds to be willing and able to serve in the legislature.

Her explanation is that other people are not getting raises right now, so the legislature shouldn't either. Same argument typically goes for spending money you don't have, but the state seemed to figure out a way to do that. Also, still no explanation why then the Governor's office should be able to keep the money that they don't spend in light of the state's economic problems.

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