Holy you know what! The State of Cantaffordya spent all summer paying its bills with IOU's. Almost all of the workers who are employed by the state are taking furloughs or paycuts or both. The taxpayers are being told that they must pony up some more of their hard earned money. And then comes this.
In the first half of the year, 87 California Assembly staff members recieved a pay raise. The raises amounted to around $430,000 per year. According to their bosses, all of these people are working more hours and taking on more responsibilities. Yeah, yeah. In fact, the assembly as a whole did cut its staff budget, a handful of its members felt it necessary to award pay raises to some of their better workers this year.
Politicians are always trying to convince us that a few pennies here or there is no big deal. The problem is that a few pennies here and there continue to add up for those paying the bill. And the few pennies always seem to add up to a few dollars once the actual details get ironed out.
Once again the politicians forget who they work for. The problem is that they keep making the rules in their favor. I bet these pay raises are right in line with the rules that were developed by the legislature. I would also be that these staffers get paid much more than what they would get paid in most other states or for doing a like job in the private sector. Funny how while most business sectors continue to shrink, government just keeps on growing. Last time I checked government is not supposed to make a profit. Not that I accuse them of that, yet, but quite a few government entities seem to be growth oriented lately.
If I lived in that state, I would certainly be contacting my legislators, and commenting to them on how they need to further reign in this type of increase.