Friday, January 30, 2009

Utah Legislators Cut Their Own Pay

No Utah legislator is going to get rich on a legislator’s salary alone. Add in campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts and you might have a different story. But at least those items don’t come out of the state budget.

KSL reports that after the close of this legislative session, state legislators will take a 10 percent pay cut from $130/day to $117/day. This really won’t reduce the total state budget by much, but it’s a worthwhile gesture. At a time when state legislators are telling government departments to expect cuts, they are leading by example.

This is yet another thing that federal legislators and legislators in spendthrift states could learn from Utah’s example.

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