Granting pay raises a poor example

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I would like our legislators to set an example for all Californians by reversing the pay raises they just granted to 258 State Assembly and 169 Senate employees. I understand that these folks have gone three to five years without a salary increase, but this action demonstrates a complete disconnect from the realities facing our state. We are facing a $9.2 billion budget deficit for the State of California. By approving these pay raises, the legislature has increased their total payroll cost by over $800,000 per year. Four things are lacking: courage, leadership, sacrifice and an end to partisanship over pragmatic decision-making. These things are needed if we are to address the financial burdens of our state (and our nation). At the state level, we must consider reducing expenditures in all categories. This includes employee benefits and retirement disbursements. By approving these pay raises, our legislators have indicated that some cows are still sacred. George Orwell stated it a bit differently. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” David Ryland, Meadow Vista