Rep. Emilie Kornheiser (D-Brattleboro) says she voted to raise legislators’ pay in the midst of economic crisis out of concern for ‘racial justice and class disparity.’ Pardon The Interruption, Ms. Kornheiser - but will you make that argument on the campaign trail?
“"For those who say that 'this isn't the right time' to even discuss legislative pay scales — I can't imagine a better time than now to talk about diversity in representation given the conversations around racial justice and class disparity happening throughout our nation," she said. State Rep. Sara Coffey agreed there needs to be debate on "the issue of diversity and privilege and who gets to serve in the legislature based on 18 weeks of pay and a job with no health insurance." "Many legislators who are under 65 patch together many jobs to make it work," said Coffey, D-Guilford. " We are losing some younger and more diverse voices and talent because of low legislative pay. If we want to see more racial, age and socio-economic diversity in the legislature we need to ensure that legislative pay does not fall behind so that everyone can have an opportunity to serve in the People's House and to give it their undivided focus.""
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