David B. McLennan, in his Sept. 2 Point of View “The case for a full-time legislature,” stated that legislators should be full-time and paid $80,000 per year. I have a better idea.
First-year legislators should be paid $33,000 per year. They will receive a pay raise every five years. Their last pay raise will be at year 25, at which time their salary will be locked in at $50,000 for the rest of their time in office. Bonuses may be paid if their goals are reached, but bonuses may be rescinded at any time at the whim of the public. There will be no payment for travel expenses and no per diem.
If the legislators don’t think this salary schedule is fair, then they should talk to their neighborhood teacher. He or she will be able to explain to the legislators how to make this work.