I submitted this to all of the newspapers across MT. I thought that I would share it with you.
GOP DID NOT VOTE THEMSELVES A PAY RAISE
Contrary to the spin the Deomcrats are putting out that the GOP Legislature voted to raise its salary ON January 12 on the HB 1 (“feed bill” vote, it is just not true). Article V Section V of the Montana Constitution states that the Legislature cannot fix its compensation. They can vote this time to raise the pay next time. They are not going to do that. They are focused on cutting the budget and reducing the size and scope of the state government. With pressure from conservative activists across the state we will get a handle on the Governor’s enormous budget increase and keep the government from overreaching its thumb into our everyday lives. Total control of the people is not what our founding fathers had in mind.
The money the State pays for ALL State employees’ health insurance rose on Jan 1st as a result of the House voting LAST SESSION. Their per diem went up about 1.5% – but the Legislature has no control over that. The State sets that.
The bill on January 12th voted in the money to fund this Legislative session and the start of the next session.
The Democrats did not vote on the bill on the floor – they voted on the actions of the Appropriations subcommittees cutting the budget yesterday. 100% of Republicans voted for the bill and 100% of the Democrats voted against it, trying to make a point. So much for the democrats “working with” the Republicans. The Republicans gained control of the Montana legislature because the people were upset by how the Democrats were “doing business” at the capital in the previous session.
Let them not forget why they are in Helena. They work for the people, hence the title “public servants”. The people want government reined in and the budget cut. Are they listening?