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BREAKING 11am 6-17-08 Hot Potato! State Legislators Pass Their Pay Raise: Jindal Won't Veto
At issue is the Louisiana Legislature voting themselves a huge pay-raise, and Governor Bobby Jindal sitting on his hands, not willing to veto the bill.
The citizens of Louisiana are upset (and, justifiably so) because the legislators' salary increase goes into effect in just 2 weeks (on July 1st), meanwhile, the citizens of Louisiana will have to wait 'til 2010 to get their tax rebates from the repeal of the Stelly Bill.
In a statement from his office yesterday, Governor Jindal said: "I'm very sorry to see the legislature do this. More than doubling legislative pay is not reasonable, and the public has been very clear on that.
"I will keep my pledge to let them govern themselves and make their own decisions as a separate branch of government. I will not let anything, even this clearly excessive pay raise, stop us from moving Louisiana forward with a clear plan for reform."
This is Tuesday's story from The Times newspaper, in Shreveport:
BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will not block a legislative pay raise approved Monday from becoming law.
With a 20-18 vote, senators agreed with a House-passed amendment that reduced SB672 from a $50,700 base salary to $37,500 -- up from the current $16,800 base.
On top of that, lawmakers receive an automatic $6,000 for expenses and $500 a month for office expenses if they provide receipts. The also receive $143 a day for attending legislative sessions and any type of government-related meeting.
Before the 20-18 vote, Sens. Gerald Long, R-Natchitoches, and Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, urged senators to reject the proposal.
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