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Friday, October 08, 2004

Senate staffers receive payments

Senate staffers are receiving $1,750 payments due to health care costs that were lower than expected. Republican Minority Leader Dick Day complained, even though the vote was bipartisan.

House employees received these extra payments a year ago for the same reason, leading to hemming and hawing from the public. This despite the fact that senate staffers (and house staffers) have not received pay increases in several years. State worker pay is already below pay in the private sector, and refusing to pay employees what they are worth is hardly good business practice. Isn't the government supposed to act more like a business?

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