Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Will Kentucky lawmakers raise their own pay?

A rising star in Republican Party circles appears to be about to give himself a Veepstakes-ectomy when he allows a large state legislator pay increase to become law later this month.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has said he does not support but will not veto a bill which has passed his state's House and Senate that will double state legislator salaries. That means rather than sign it, he will allow the bill to become law without his signature. His constituents' anger doesn't appear to be soothed by the distinction.

Kentucky, in the 2008 legislative session, saw but did not pass a bill that would have removed legislators' fingerprints from their pay increases. But Kentucky legislators like to hide their goodies in pension bills. For example, there was HB 299 in 2005 which allows long-time state lawmakers who accept executive branch appointments to receive a very healthy pension boost. That bill was allowed to become law by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher without his signature.


Anonymous said...

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tarawa1943 said...

Any suggestions on how to stop these greedy individuals? Thanks for building/running the blog!

David Adams said...

Talk it up. Tell all your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Next to timestamp on this blog post is a picture of an envelope. If you click the envelope it all allows you to send the post out as an email. You can send letters to the editor of your newspaper, call talk radio shows, and call your legislators. Legislators are more likely to listen when they hear from motivated constituents. We need much, much more of that from people who want smaller government. Most of the people they hear from now want bigger government and don't care if it takes higher taxes to get there.

tarawa1943 said...

Will do sir.

Bigger Govt. will not solve their problems. That is misplaced faith! We need to teach working adults about better stewardship of finite resources and management of what God has give us!