Louisiana Legislature wants HUGE Pay Raise
Salaries would be closer to full-time job
Friday, June 13, 2008
By Ed Anderson
BATON ROUGE -- House members will meet this morning to debate a proposal to triple legislators' salaries in what has become the defining issue of the session.
After it passed the Senate on Tuesday, the pay raise backlash erupted overnight, stoking public outrage on call-in shows, Web sites and newspaper editorial pages and threatening to embarrass Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is in the uncomfortable position of saying he opposes the raise but is unwilling to veto it.
The proposal also could mark a shift in Louisiana's style of government. By increasing lawmakers' base salary from $16,800 to $50,700, Senate Bill 672 challenges the concept of a Legislature comprised of citizens performing part-time public service in favor of representation that is compensated like a full-time job.
But like any other lawmaker in this nation, they do not work full-time.
Here's the Latest: In response to huge uproar, the Louisiana House decreased the amount to less than $50,000. As if that is sufficient to appease outraged voters. The bill will go back to the Senate for approval.
Will Gov. Bobby Jindal approve or veto it?