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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bentley: Lawmakers should sacrifice if they expect the same from teachers

Gov. Robert Bentley said he is leaving it up to lawmakers about how to handle the much-publicized and much-criticized pay raise, but he does have some advice.
"If they're wise, they should consider a cut like every other agency is taking a cut," the governor said.
Bentley said that lawmakers should be willing to sacrifice if they are going to ask teachers to sacrifice.
He also believes that lawmakers need to take out the automatic cost of living increase that they included when they passed a resolution in 2007 giving themselves a more than 60 percent increase in salary and expense allowances.
Bentley said he does not believe lawmakers need to go back to making closer to the $30,000 a year they did before the pay raise. He said that pay level makes it difficult with them staying in a hotel here, with gas approaching $4 a gallon, and eating while they are here.
The governor believes that lawmakers taking a cut like state agencies have would be a "good-faith effort" on their part.
Many Republicans ran criticizing the pay raise that the Democratic-led Legislature passed for themselves in 2007 as one of their first acts of business in the four-year term.
Now, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate appear to agree on a resolution that, beginning in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1., would cut the pay of lawmakers at the same level that the governor declares proration if the Legislature passes a budget in which spending is outpacing the money coming into the state.
Bentley reminded the Montgomery Advertiser in a conversation that he will not take a salary as governor until unemployment reaches 5.2 percent. He said that pledge to not take a salary as governor until Alabama reaches full employment is probably the reason he won the election.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legislators, governors, anyone appointed or elected, should receive EXPENSES at exactly the same amounts as state employees. Currently, that's $75 per day in Alabama, about $12 for a lunch on less than a full day on the job, and automobile mileage. Mileage is at the IRS rate, whatever that is. Paying EXPENSES at this rate would be simple and easy for all involved.
As for PAY, the PAY is set by the Constitution of 1901 at $10 per day. If their travel EXPENSES are covered at the same level as EXPENSES for others, they would at least break even on EXPENSES.
So, EXPENSES aside, how much do the citizens want to PAY, which would be determined by a Constitutional amendment?

March 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM  

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