We've all heard the Governor and state legislators say this is going to be a tight budget year. In fact, many lawmakers have said they will not be considering pay raises for state employees.
However, the State House of Representatives has passed a bill, which the senate is now considering, that would give elected state wide officer holders, such as the State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner and the state legislature huge raises.
We find two things wrong with this picture. First the current legislators should not be able to vote themselves a pay raise. If they want to approve a pay raise, then have it go in effect after the next statewide election.
Also, the proposed 33 percent increase is way too high. The Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Agriculture Commissioner would get $30,000 more, while at the same time the state workers would receive nothing. This sends the wrong message.
In addition, most Mississippians, if they were lucky, received a three to four percent pay raise this year. Proposing a pay raise ten times that for elected officials is not right. We urge the state senate to vote no on any pay raise issue.
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