Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sen. Burton Cahill Statement Regarding SCR 1038

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Meg Burton Cahill (D-Tempe), today sided against fellow Democrat Ken Cheuvront (D-Phoenix), voting against his bill to tie Legislative salaries to state employee salaries.

“Reducing legislative salaries along with state employee pay not only creates a disincentive to serve, it creates an automatic conflict for every member voting on budget cuts,” Burton Cahill said. “Moreover, legislative salaries must be high enough so that anyone can serve and still support themselves. By cutting salaries, we discourage working-class people from running, including women and minorities. This just creates a larger disconnect between lawmakers and their constituents. The gravity of the decisions we are making today require that the best and brightest from all walks of life in Arizona seek public office, and we must compensate them accordingly.”

SCR 1038, introduced by Sen. Cheuvront, would automatically reduce Legislators’ salaries if a state employee pay cut is enacted. It passed the government committee with a 5-2 vote.

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