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2009 Senate Concurrent Resolution 11: Approve future legislative pay cut
  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on March 26, 2009, to approve a 10-percent pay cut on the next legislature, as recommended by the State Officers Compensation Commission (recommendation letter with specific figures here).
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R) on March 26, 2009, to also cut the supplemental pay given to future members who are in leadership positions. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 26, 2009.
  2. Passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 26, 2009.
  3. Received in the House on March 31, 2009.
  4. Passed 103 to 7 in the House on March 31, 2009, to approve a 10-percent pay cut on the next legislature, as recommended by the State Officers Compensation Commission (recommendation letter with specific figures here).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Concurrent Resolution 11  by changeagent on April 2, 2009 

 Yes, very typical.  I think the real problem is the amount of time they are there writing new laws.  I would rather pay them the same amount they make now and have them in session for only 30 days!  Of course the real solution is to have them in session for 30 days and get paid about $5,000. 



Re: 2009 Senate Concurrent Resolution 11  by inform4 on April 2, 2009 

 Is this not just typical.  They voted to cut the salaries of "FUTURE" representatives who get elected.  Not the current seated representatives.  How many are term-limited out in the next election and cannot run again for office?  While many in the private sector who have managed to keep their jobs have currently have had their pay and benefits cut -- not so with our current seated representatives.  They never fail to look out for their own personal interests.  Do they?



Re: 2009 Senate Concurrent Resolution 11  by Admin003 on April 1, 2009 

Rep. Cushingberry, having reserved the right to explain his nay vote, made the following statement:


“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:



The issue is as French Philosopher Rene Descartes ‘I think therefore I
am.’ The problems of Michigan is not the salary of the elected
officials - it’s the constant denigration of the value of the service
of labor. The manipulation of symbols to head off the deform proposals
of wholesale constitutional change of government is wrong headed. The
old adage that you get what you pay for is as true as one of my mentors
statement; Chairman George Montgomery said of a similar resolution that
those who support such are worth less. The privilege of serving the
people of Michigan is hard work when done properly. The sad fact is
that term limits has daunted the aspirations of Michigan’s
Constitutional parents dream - a truly people’s House wizened through
rigor, reform, real references to history, arts, and sciences. No
matter the cut in salary it will never be enough to greedy naysayer,
anarchists, and mischievous self servers still trying to pull the wool
over the publics eyes! We must better educate our legislators, judges,
executives, and citizenry on the value of an activist government free
of undue pressure- truly public servants.”



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