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May. 4th, 2009 | 10:38 pm
location: home
mood: disappointeddisappointed

According to http://www.dpa.ca.gov/salaries/elected/main.htm [accessed five minutes before I wrote this entry] none of our major state-level elected officials make less than $100,000 per year for their "service."

This means for passing the state budget three months late, most of our state legislators each will have made about $116,200. As any political science major learns, one of the major functions of a legislature is to enact a budget. In this case, the California Senate and Assembly each failed. Miserably. The governor really didn't do much better (you don't sacrifice the jobs of thousands of people to make a political point.)

I think I have a reasonably plausible solution. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to get it on the ballot. The solution is very simple: if the state budget is overdue by 24 hours or more, no state-level elected official will receive their salary for the next year. By my estimate, this would save about sixteen million dollars. After all, why pay someone when they don't do their job, and actually cost money because of it?

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