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My Take - State Legislator Pay

As the battle over the Alabama state budget rages, I must admit to being a bit disappointed in some of our lawmakers. The mantra we hear from them over and over again is "cut spending for this and cut spending for that," even if it means some state employees could lose their jobs. But apparently some spending is so necessary that even broaching the subject of cutting it is met with scorn. I'm talking about the salaries of state legislators. On April 7th, a proposal was made that members of the Alabama House take a 15 percent salary reduction through September 30th. Not only was the proposal refused, it was shouted down by an overwhelming majority of the other members. To me, this goes against the core definition of what public service is all about. The decisions our legislators make should be for the good of the many, not the good of themselves. And if they're so willing to ask all of us to make sacrifices, they should be willing to do so as well. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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