Lawmakers facing pay cut - VT Digger

COVID-19 has taken a bite out of almost everyone’s income. In that sense, a looming pay cut for legislators would be “representative.”

House and Senate leadership are trying to figure out whether representatives and senators will continue to get a paycheck if the session needs to continue past its typical closure in late May or early June. If that is the case, “We likely will not be continuing with the current weekly pay through the end of June,” said Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden. “But we haven’t yet made a decision about how that’s going to work.” He said payments might be cut down or paused completely. As budgets become tight across the state due to Covid-19 strains, the Legislature can’t afford to keep dishing out $700 a week paychecks to lawmakers, even if work continues, Ashe said. Vermont lawmakers make about $14,000 a year.."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-04-26 10:15:58 -0400
    I know I’m really old, but it wasn’t that long ago that Legislature met every other year, for I think if memory serves me correctly, six weeks. Maybe after COVID 19 is dealt with, and we have a better idea of how the state manages to get by with our legislature operating at a reduced level we will have a new awakening as to how essential legislature convening every year for five months indeed is. It has always been my opinion that the Legislature wastes a lot of time (time= tax payer money) every year on frivolous, and politically biased crapulosity that does nothing to enhance the quality of life in the Green Mountain State. These legislators are by a majority of almost 2 to 1 new “Vermonters”, and over the years that they have dominated under the “Golden Dumb” have moved this state in a direction that more resembles their native states than that of the state that can claim George Aiken, and Calvin Coolidge. You all are really steering this state in a direction that will cause us to lose more of what makes Vermont a special place to live. If the Legislators in Mount Peculiar
    have their way will will be no more than North Massachusetts, or East New York, or maybe New New Jersey. Sad !
  • John de Bruin
    commented 2020-04-26 08:13:04 -0400
    I vote to end the session as of March 15th and demand a refund from each one of them. They waste enough of our taxpayer money on BS every time they convene. PS- how about a huge refund on our Education Tax while you are at it since schools have been closed.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-04-25 19:42:41 -0400
    Oh I forgot, your at home. Okay, just leave us alone. I’ll bet we can get buy without yall meddling in our lives just fine for a year or two !
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-04-25 17:47:27 -0400
    I could probably say something about “public service” and maybe compare our citizen lawmakers to truly necessary professions like medical workers, police and firemen, and those that provide food, power, and other products necessary for the people who are stuck at home, but I can’t draw any real parallels here. As long as the day to day budgetary needs of the State of Vermont are funded, I really can’t think of a new law or regulation that these people will saddle us with that we can not live without, at the very least until this crisis is over. Do the citizens of Vermont a favor, GO HOME !