Senators Propose Pay Raises for State Officials

January 16, 2013

Elected government officials want to give pay raises to other government officials; with your money, of course.

Sen. Avery has introduced LB217 and Sen. Lathrop and Sen. Seiler have introduced LB232.  The Lincoln Journal Star summarized the bills.  Here are the proposed increases:

  • governor’s salary: $105,000 a year to $126,000;
  • lieutenant governor’s salary: $75,000 a year to $90,000;
  • attorney general’s salary: $95,000 a year to $114,000;
  • secretary of state’s, auditor’s and treasurer’s: $85,000 a year to $102,000; and
  • Public Service Commision members’: $75,000 a year to $90,000.

Avery is proposing these individuals receive 20% pay increases!

Lathrop and Seiler want to increase the salaries of the chief justice and judges of the Nebraska Supreme Court.  It is currently $145,614 and they want the legislature to decide the pay raises.

These government officials’ salaries are already higher than that of the average Nebraskan.  The median household income, 2007-2011, was $50,695.  These officials already make between $25,000-$90,000 more!

In the private sector, the 2012 average hourly earnings increased 2.1%, not 20% like these bills seek.

Just think how great it would be if you and your colleagues could give each other pay raises.

Government officials paying government officials results in the misuse of your tax dollars.

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