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ragincajun03
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re: how much do state legislators make?


Where?

Louisiana?






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TortiousTiger
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yes





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ragincajun03
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re: how much do state legislators make?


Depends on position and either odd or even number year for session.

Salary + per diem avg. about $35-38k/yr.

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beachdude
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Around $35K. That does not include per diem for extraordinary sessions. They only "work" about 20% of the time the legislature is in session and that is only about 90 calendar days a year (note that is not "working" days). And, don't forget that but for their shameless activities in 2008 with regard to a pay raise being exposed and subsequent gubernatorial veto, they would be entitled to $65K/yr exclusive of expenses.

Of course, this does not include the money that they rake off from contractual deals for state services from companies that their not yet indicted brothers in law can confect. Nor does it include the income those lawyers in the representative body can make from the taxpayers as a result of their client's claims against the state.

Oh, and best look the other way when it comes to agriculture and fisheries and who has businesses associated with those interests and are members of the deliberative body.

Anyway, you get the idea. It's democracy at work and don't you forget it.






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Politiceaux
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They only "work" about 20% of the time the legislature is in session and that is only about 90 calendar days a year

This just isn't true. They've got a lot of duties outside of session as well.






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VOR
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Around $35K. That does not include per diem for extraordinary sessions. They only "work" about 20% of the time the legislature is in session and that is only about 90 calendar days a year (note that is not "working" days).


I used to work for the legislature when I was in law school. There's plenty to criticize the members for, but they work far more than you suggest. For one thing, depending upon their committee assignments, they can spend substantial time on the job when not in session.

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Of course, this does not include the money that they rake off from contractual deals for state services from companies that their not yet indicted brothers in law can confect.


As far as your allegations of corruption are conerned, even a little of it is too much. But there are honest legislatures in B.R.






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LSURussian
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But there are honest legislatures in B.R.
There is only one legislature in Baton Rouge and it's seriously corrupt. Not 100% but a significant portion.

The pay raise issue is why I am so pleased Amendment #1 passed on Tuesday. It passed by the largest margin of any of the amendments, 75% as I recall.

From now on, if the legislature raises their pay, or the pay of most statewide elected officials including the PSC, the effective date of the raise must be after the next election for those positions.

I'm one of the few persons I know who thinks legislator pay is much too low. It should be increased in order to attract more qualified people who are willing to give up their current good jobs to serve in the legislature. I've been approached about running for the legislature but I just can't justify the time requirements vs. the low pay. I would have to take a serious reduction in compensation just because my self-employment business would suffer too much in my absence.

Raise the comp of legislators to $100-125K, make it effective after the voters get to decide if their current legislator is worth that amount and if not, vote in a new person. At least it would allow someone better qualified to run for the position before the higher salary goes into effect.






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RollTide4Ever
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Whose fault is that? The people for putting up with it.





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Poodlebrain
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Whose fault is that?

It's the Louisiana Constitution that limits the effectiveness of the legislature and concentrates too much power in the governor. But that is just what Edwin Edwards wanted.






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VOR
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There is only one legislature


I was clearly typing too fast, slick.






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LSURussian
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Whose fault is that? The people for putting up with it.

I agree. But one of the problems is the way the legislative jobs are currently structured, it discourages really qualified people from running. It also encourages people to run for the legislature who have professions which can be enhanced (think lawyers) by them being in the legislature.

Every legislator I know personally spends an enormous amount of time doing his legislative responsibilities outside of just during the sessions. It's a full-time job and should be compensated as such.

Then we will have better choices to choose from when we vote, IMO.






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