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Fixing budget not a priority

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I read the Auburn Journal and The Sacramento Bee every day. The state budget and deficit are always in the headlines, plus the solutions to fix everything: cut state employees’ salaries and benefits, cut education, cut health care to the poor and elderly, close 90 percent of our state parks, raise tuition to our colleges. I never read about cutting or eliminating some of these commissions and boards with eight to 10 members meeting once or twice a month, earning $100,000-plus a year. I never read that the legislators are willing to give up their state vehicles and per diem. Make no doubt about it, the No. 1 priority of the legislators is getting re-elected. To them, the solutions to the budget deficit are secondary. Leon Stanley, Auburn