I'm a big believer in "you get what you pay for." That's why I'm always advocating for better pay in every sector of government. Public agencies and departments should be models of excellence that inspire confidence and attract the best and brightest people to serve at every level.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- State lawmakers haven't given themselves a raise in more than a decade, and with each passing year, more legislators say serving in the General Assembly isn't as agreeable as it use to be. And that was before new lobbying restrictions took effect this year that turned their free steak dinners into Dutch treat at the local cafeteria.
The "part-time" Legislature can turn into a near 12-month job if a lawmaker is appointed to some committees that meet after lengthy regular sessions end. But the $13,951 salary for most members has remained the same since 1995, as have the $104 daily expense rate during the session in Raleigh.
Inflation has eroded the buying power of those payments by 27 percent.
As the AP article explains . . . .
"You're getting people who don't even want to serve down here," said Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, who has filed several bills this decade seeking pay, expense and mileage reimbursement increases. "Only those who can serve are those who are wealthy and who are retired."
That could explain a lot.
Wealthy and retired. Not exactly who I want making public policy for We the People.