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  • Rep. Hastings: At $174,000 Per Year, Congressmen Not ‘Paid Appropriately’

    06/16/2016 12:14:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 14, 2016 | 10:50 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) says that people find it surprising that members of Congress are in “year nine without a cost of living increase” and House members who make $174,000 a year, are “deserving of being paid appropriately.” […] “Some substantial number of members of this body are multi-millionaires, a significant number of members of this body easily qualify to be in the middle-class or the upper-class — and there are some members here who are in the lower-class in our society,” Hastings said. […] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth of a member of...
  • ‘A Sad State of Affairs’: Dem Rep Says Members of Congress Deserve a Raise (Alcee Hastings)

    05/19/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 19, 2015 11:16 am | (Fox and Friends)
    The one thing most Americans can agree on is that members of Congress do not need a pay raise. But that didn’t stop one Democrat lawmaker from stating his case. At a hearing regarding the 2016 Legislative Branch appropriations bill yesterday, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said that his salary of $174,000 a year simply isn’t enough to live on in Washington, D.C. […] Congress’ current approval rating is 19 percent. …
  • Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

    10/20/2014 9:21:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 9:38 AM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That’s down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases. Yet the firms still added jobs at a healthy pace, which usually pushes wages higher as employers compete for workers. A measure of hiring in...
  • Boston Council gives itself a 23 percent pay raise

    10/08/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 3:39 PM EDT | Philip Marcelo
    Boston City Council approved giving itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise on Wednesday, despite threats of a possible veto by Mayor Martin Walsh. The council voted 9-4 to raise its annual pay from $87,500 to $107,500, a $20,000 increase, effective January 2016. […] Boston City Council salaries already exceed those in other New England cities; only Cambridge councilors, who earn $73,362, come close, according to a 2013 Boston city survey. …
  • Why you haven’t gotten a pay raise

    10/07/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/07/2014 | Catherine Rampell
    Why haven’t you gotten a raise? In the past few years, corporate profits have climbed ever higher. Legions of unemployed people are now finding gainful employment, with joblessness finally falling below 6 percent. Meanwhile, if you’re anything like the average American worker, your pay has been flat, just barely keeping pace with inflation. If you’re in the very middle of America’s income distribution, in fact, your overall household income is lower today than it was when the recession officially ended more than five years ago. This is all a bit of a puzzle. Usually unemployment declines go hand in hand...
  • Why Did This Union Oppose Higher Pay for Its Members?

    05/19/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Few workers would turn down a raise. Union members, however, can have raises turned down on their behalf. Employees of a Pennsylvania grocery store learned this the hard way. Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind the raises. Why did Local 23 oppose higher pay for its members? Because...
  • Md. Lawmakers To Get 15 Percent Pay Hike

    03/22/2014 2:44:57 PM PDT · by workerbee · 24 replies
    CBSBaltimore ^ | 3/22/14
    <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.</p> <p>Sources report that a salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. A Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.</p>
  • Report: JPMorgan set to give Dimon pay hike despite legal woes

    01/24/2014 9:06:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 24, 2014: 8:31 AM ET | Chris Isidore
    JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon is set to get a raise, even though the bank was forced to pay billions in fines and settlements last year. The New York Times reported that the board of JPMorgan Chase has approved the increase for 2013, although it did not give any details on the amount of the increase. […] Dimon, CEO and chairman, had his 2012 pay slashed by about half to $11.5 million after JPMorgan suffered estimated trading loss of nearly $6 billion during the year attributed to a London trader known as the London Whale. …
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • NBC gives Donald a Trump-sized raise to $160M

    06/22/2011 8:35:20 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 22, 2011 | JOSH KOSMAN and CLAIRE ATKINSON
    Playing the presidential card has paid off for Donald Trump. The real-estate mogul and reality-TV host -- who kept viewers and the NBC network guessing until the last minute whether he would make a serious run at the Oval Office -- got a sizeable pay raise to renew his contract to host "The Celebrity Apprentice" for another two years. NBC Universal, which was acquired by cable-TV giant Comcast this year, agreed to pay Trump and co-producer Mark Burnett an estimated $160 million over two years, according to sources familiar with the contract. Trump, who was in Scotland yesterday touting his...
  • Guess Who?

    02/13/2010 10:10:15 PM PST · by morgc · 8 replies · 361+ views
    Controversial | 2/13/10 |
    Guess who is getting a pay raise? Who least deserves a pay raise? Obama is proposing that those who deserve it the least, federal employees should get a 1.4% pay increase while millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to pay taxes. Taxes that Obama is trying to increase. To further salt the wound for taxpayers, the Census Bureau reports that in 2009 Federal Employees earned on average 21% more than workers in the private sector, (ibid). The
  • America Needs a Take-Home Pay Raise

    07/29/2009 5:04:43 AM PDT · by trussell · 5 replies · 1,187+ views
    Newt Gingrich's weekly email | July 29, 2009 | Newt Gingrich
    America Needs a Take-Home Pay Raise by Newt Gingrich (more by this author) Posted 07/29/2009 ET It’s a frustration I hear all the time. With the mainstream media, Washington insiders and the so-called “experts” in elite universities all singing off the same leftwing song sheet, there is a desperate need for the facts and the arguments that support time honored American values and principles that lead to safety, prosperity and freedom. The Left can rely on the mainstream media to put out the spin it needs. Meanwhile, Americans are exposed to far fewer voices that explain why America has been...
  • Grants Pass City Workers Turn Down Pay Raises

    12/30/2008 5:13:37 PM PST · by AuntB · 63 replies · 792+ views
    KTVL News ^ | Dec. 30, 2008 | KTVL
    GRANTS PASS, Or. -- Even though the raises are in the budget, a group of Grants Pass city employees says higher salaries would be unseemly. Members of the Grants Pass Employee Association have told city officials they'll forgo 2.5 percent cost of living adjustments due with the new year. Association leaders say the members looked at the overall economy and the layoffs among major local employers and decided they didn't want their friends and neighbors to see them as grabbing money. The decision is expected to save the city at least $87,000. Assistant City Manager Laurel Samson said nearly 100...
  • Pelosi: "It's expensive in D.C." (Congress to give Congress a bailout)

    12/22/2008 1:08:40 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 42 replies · 1,560+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 12/22/08 | Liberal Lunacy Staff/REM
    San Francisco - In a statement given today to the SF Chronicle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress deserves a bailout because of inordinate personal expenses involved with running the country. "Anyone who has spent any time in the Washington, D.C. area knows how expensive it is to live there. Most of us have to maintain two homes, one in our home district and one there. Why sometimes, as outrageous as it sounds, we have to be away from our families up to 8 hours a day. Compensation is required for this inconvenience. We feel honored to request a bailout...
  • WHAT?

    12/21/2008 8:03:55 AM PST · by andrew roman · 1 replies · 342+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 21 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    From the "You've got to be (expleteive) idding me" file ...The Congress of the United States of America, which (if you weren't aware) is controlled by Democrats, did precisely what any responsibly conscientious legislative body should do in the midst of a sweeping economic crisis ... they gave themselves a pay raise.Jordy Yager from The Hill writes: A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an...
  • Congress Gets a $2.5 Million Raise

    12/20/2008 10:18:53 AM PST · by AJKauf · 8 replies · 550+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 20 | Roger Kimball
    In the past, whenever I heard that Congress had voted itself a raise (Shh! Don’t spread the news around, Comrade!), I shrugged it off. “Nice work if you can get,” was my basic reaction. I did not think highly of members of Congress as a group–a preening bunch of socialistically-inclined bureaucrats, most of them, I thought–but they were necessary, as in a “necessary evil.” Somebody had to mind the wheels of gummint, and better they than I. Somehow it was different this time. The sotto voce announcement that Congress, after wagging their collective head over executive pay and perks, decided...
  • With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise.

    12/20/2008 10:20:54 AM PST · by Maxstake · 19 replies · 1,243+ views
    Leading The News ^ | 12/17/08 | Jordy yager
    Leading The News With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise By Jordy Yager Posted: 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET] A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it. "As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they...
  • With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

    12/19/2008 12:31:52 PM PST · by Sopater · 23 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET] | Jordy Yager
    A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it. “As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League...
  • Congress proves it’s recession-proof

    12/19/2008 5:19:11 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 25 replies · 1,114+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/19/08 | Howie Carr
    Will you be getting a pay raise next year? No, I didn’t think so. Well, guess who will be getting a little something extra in their direct deposits in a couple of weeks? The U.S. Congress - all 535 of those sticky-fingered windbags.
  • With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

    12/17/2008 7:07:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 3,435+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/08 | Jordy Yager
    A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it. “As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League...
  • Louisiana Politicians Flee in Terror

    07/02/2008 10:33:17 AM PDT · by Captain McAllister · 28 replies · 202+ views
    The Daily Grind ^ | 07/02/2008 | ALG News
    Politicians in Louisiana are suddenly discovering a sudden, hitherto unnoticed, urge to retire from public life and become private citizens once again. This eureka moment for about 140 (and growing by the hour!) politicians just “happens” to coincide with the approach of the date when Louisiana’s new ethics laws will come into effect. Perhaps the politicians are nervous—and for good cause. A 1996-2007 study of all states with a population greater-than 2 million found Louisiana to be the most corrupt state, based on public official convictions. The average between the 35 states surveyed was just under 3 convictions per 100,000...
  • Reversal cost governor (Jindal) credibility, lawmakers say (JindalWatch® Alert)

    07/02/2008 4:47:27 AM PDT · by abb · 54 replies · 526+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | July 2, 2008 | Ed Anderson
    Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to repair his credibility after reneging on his promise to lawmakers not to veto a pay raise doubling their salaries, some of his key legislative leaders said Tuesday. Senate President Joel Chaisson II, D-Destrehan, and House Speaker Pro Tem Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said Jindal's sudden about-face on the pay raise will make it hard for some lawmakers to believe him in the future. "He needs to rebuild trust and do a better job of articulating his position," said Chaisson, who promised he will continue to work with the governor on key issues for...
  • Some area lawmakers agree with (Jindal) veto (JindalWatch® Alert)

    07/01/2008 2:08:16 AM PDT · by abb · 29 replies · 445+ views
    The Advocate ^ | July 1, 2008 | WILL SENTELL and SARAH CHACKO
    Area lawmakers who opposed raising their pay praised Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of the volatile increase on Monday. But two Democratic lawmakers interviewed said Jindal broke his word and others said the veto may jeopardize his proposals in the Louisiana Legislature. “When someone gives you his word and takes it back, you lose a lot of respect,” said state Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma and a supporter of the increase. The legislation, Senate Bill 672, would have raised the pay package of rank-and-file lawmakers from about $38,000 per year to nearly $60,000. It was set to take effect today. But Jindal...
  • Jindal Vetoes Legislative Raise, Will Announce Vetoes in Supplemental Spending Bill

    06/30/2008 9:31:32 AM PDT · by smith5460 · 94 replies · 458+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 30th, 2008 | Times-Picayune Staff
    Breaking News from Louisiana: BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal announced today that he has vetoed the legislative pay raise. After days of saying he would not reject the unpopular measure, Jindal said this morning that he had rejected the measure. Lawmakers in the most recent session voted to raise their annual base salary from $16,800 to $37,500. Jindal has been criticized for his inability to stop the raise before it was passed and his refusal since then to veto the pay raise bill. He pledged during his gubernatorial campaign last year to prohibit an immediate legislative pay raise. The...
  • Veto refusal slap in face to public (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/30/2008 1:18:51 AM PDT · by abb · 41 replies · 359+ views
    The Advocate ^ | June 30, 2008 | Katrina Wicker
    Yes, Mr. Jindal did make a blunder — and a big one — an unforgettable one. And then to say he could veto it, but he will not. To the general public, this is a slap in the face! When we see all the needs out there — Department of Social Services, the group homes, nursing homes — they are understaffed and underpaid. There is no money for the nursing-home workers, and they are working for a pittance. We wonder why there is such a large number of complaints. How are you going to get trained workers for the pay...
  • Jindal's legislative director resigns (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/29/2008 6:04:36 PM PDT · by abb · 20 replies · 268+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 29, 2008 | Robert Travis Scott
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative director has resigned after serving fewer than six months with the new administration, which is embroiled in a controversy over the Legislature's large pay raise. Tommy Williams, 65, said Sunday the decision to leave was his and that he left on good terms. He did not offer reasons for his departure, but said he plans to return to his career as a professional lobbyist. "I cannot tell you how much I've learned and what a great opportunity I had," Williams said. Williams' resignation comes at a moment of intensely strained relations between Jindal and the Legislature,...
  • Jindal watches goodwill evaporate (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/29/2008 12:40:56 AM PDT · by abb · 36 replies · 477+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 29, 2008 | Stephanie Grace
    Of this, there can be no dispute: Gov. Bobby Jindal's honeymoon is over. The consensus at home is that Jindal lost his luster by declining to veto the Legislature's lavish pay raise. But Jindal is also playing to a national audience these days, and on that front, he's taking a different sort of hit. While Louisiana voters are up in arms over the revelation that Jindal is not above cutting political deals, the deal killer elsewhere in the country could be an unrelated bill that he signed last week, state Sen. Ben Nevers' "Louisiana Science Education Act." snip
  • Recall fever spreads to Jindal (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/28/2008 12:34:27 AM PDT · by abb · 105 replies · 814+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 28, 2008 | Robert Travis Scott
    BATON ROUGE -- In a sign that the public frustration about the legislative pay raise has spread to Gov. Bobby Jindal's base, a political novice and former Jindal supporter from Jefferson Parish has filed a recall petition against him. Ryan and Kourtney Fournier of Jefferson submitted paperwork to the secretary of state's office that allows them to attempt to collect the nearly 1 million signatures needed during the next 180 days to force a recall election of the governor. The papers were mailed Thursday and arrived Friday. Ryan Fournier, 32, said he is a registered Republican and was "a huge...
  • Recall attempt mounted against Jindal (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/27/2008 12:47:33 PM PDT · by abb · 140 replies · 887+ views
    WWL-870AM ^ | June 27, 2008 | Mike Conti
    Officials in the Louisiana Secretary of State's office say a recall petition has been filed for Governor Bobby Jindal, making him the fifth elected official to face a recall attempt since the state legislature voted itself a payraise earlier this month. For a recall election to be called, the signatures of one-third of all registered voters in the state must be collected. That would be a total of 960,285 voters. Ryan Fournier of Jefferson submitted the recall petition. Other lawmakers facing recall attempts include House Speaker Jim Tucker (R-Terrytown), Rep. Steve Pugh (R-Ponchatoula), Rep. Joseph Lopinto (R-Metairie) and Rep. Franklin...
  • Pay Raise Plagues Jindal; Recalls Stalk Legislators (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/27/2008 1:34:18 AM PDT · by abb · 40 replies · 359+ views ^ | June 27, 2008 | John Maginnis
    Gov. Bobby Jindal was back in the New York Times this week, with a picture, but for all the wrong reasons. The toxic pay raise controversy enveloping him has gone national and his political world has changed. Within days, Jindal went from being a legitimate vice-presidential prospect to having his character questioned in his first crisis of public confidence, without his having done a thing. Meanwhile, pay raise-supporting legislators, who thought the worst was over, are now seeing recall movements popping up around them. So far, drives are directed at three freshmen represenatives and Speaker of the House Jim Tucker,...
  • Jindal betrayal deeply shocking (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/26/2008 1:18:58 AM PDT · by abb · 80 replies · 591+ views
    The Advocate ^ | June 26, 2008 | Patrick Stockstill
    Surrounding my condo entrance is a cedar fence. When Gov. Bobby Jindal was campaigning for election in 2007, I had no need to put up a sign to show my support and hope. A bumper sticker was already attached from his campaign four years earlier. The sign remained fresh, as the fence is covered by a patio and carport awning. This sign represented a feeling of hope and trust that Louisiana would finally elect a governor “of the people.” A leader who would live up to campaign promises and when it came time ... would do the right thing. I...
  • Jindal still won’t stop pay raise (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/25/2008 1:08:18 AM PDT · by abb · 66 replies · 622+ views
    The Advocate ^ | June 25, 2008 | MICHELLE MILLHOLLON
    Gov. Bobby Jindal admitted Tuesday that he blundered in allowing legislators to pass a bill that would more than double their base pay. “I’ve learned my lesson,” he said during a news conference outside the Governor’s Mansion. However, Jindal said he still plans to allow the pay raise to become law. Vetoing the bill would give legislators a reason to reverse his initiatives, including changes to the state’s ethics laws, he said. “Everybody knows it would be in my own self-interest politically to veto this bill,” he said. “I’d probably be the most popular governor in modern polling history if...
  • Protesters want legislative pay raises vetoed (Jindal heckled - JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/24/2008 12:09:42 PM PDT · by abb · 88 replies · 653+ views
    KTBS-TV3 ^ | June 24, 2008 | Staff
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in Shreveport for a ceremonial signing of a tax cut bill passed by the Legislature, was met today by protesters upset over state lawmakers doubling their pay and the governor's decision not to veto it. Residents around the state want the governor to veto the pay raise bill. Jindal said he thinks the raise is a bad idea but he won't veto it, saying the Legislature should deal with the consequences of its actions. Jindal went to Chamber of Commerce Plaza in downtown Shreveport at noon today for a ceremonial signing of a bill sponsored by...
  • Legislators Raise Pay, and a Governor Pays the Price (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/24/2008 1:20:04 AM PDT · by abb · 39 replies · 344+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 24, 2008 | Adam Nossiter
    The reformist image of Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered by Republicans a top potential vice-presidential choice, has recently taken a beating after Mr. Jindal refused to veto a sizable pay increase that Louisiana legislators voted for themselves this month. The increase would more than double the salary of the part-time legislators effective July 8, to $37,500 from $16,800, with considerably more money available once expenses are added in. It has touched a nerve in this impoverished state. Conservative talk-radio show hosts and bloggers have denounced it, newspaper editorials have inveighed against it — The Times-Picayune of New Orleans called the increase...
  • EDITORIAL: Still time to veto (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/23/2008 2:18:05 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies · 421+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 23, 2008 | Staff
    The Louisiana Legislature adjourns today. Gov. Bobby Jindal should mark the occasion by vetoing the session's most offensive and self-centered legislation: the 123-percent pay raise lawmakers gave themselves. It won't be easy for him. He's said repeatedly that he won't veto the measure, and if he does now, he will have misled lawmakers. But if he doesn't veto it, he will have misled voters, breaking an unambiguous promise he made on the campaign trail to "prohibit" raises such as this. Perhaps Gov. Jindal will do right by voters if a few more call him with their objections to the pay...
  • Budget bill shipped to Jindal (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/22/2008 3:00:11 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies · 131+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 22, 2008 | Jan Moller
    The Legislature completed its work Saturday on the nearly $30 billion state operating budget, sending Gov. Bobby Jindal a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that maintains most state programs at current levels and plows new money into education, health care and legislators' pet projects. The House agreed unanimously to adopt the Senate's changes to House Bill 1 by Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, marking the third year in a row that lawmakers have adopted the budget without a House-Senate compromise committee. State general-fund spending will grow by more than $1 billion, or 12.4 percent, in the fiscal year that...
  • (Louisiana) Legislature's raises just tip of the iceberg (Jindal alert)

    06/21/2008 5:48:53 AM PDT · by abb · 17 replies · 117+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | June 21, 2008 | Robert Travis Scott
    Pay increases part of government trend The Legislature's newly approved salary increase is but the highly visible tip of an iceberg of substantial pay raises for Louisiana public employees in the past year, building pressure on the state budget. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has shown some results in stemming government job growth, but he also has set an example of substantial salary increases for a few elite members of his team while refusing to stop the lawmakers' raise. When he took office in January, Jindal inherited a bulge in personnel costs for state workers as well as for a long...
  • Veto Heat on Jindal

    06/20/2008 4:53:11 AM PDT · by abb · 60 replies · 378+ views ^ | June 20, 2008 | John Maginnis
    Veto Heat on Jindal Pay raise becomes character issue The governor is trying to keep intense public opposition to the legislative pay raise directed at legislators, but, more and more, the volcanic controversy is turning into a test of character: his own. Speaker Jim Tucker dismissed the governor's latest demand that lawmakers suspend the pay raise they voted for themselves. With no further action expected from lawmakers before Monday's final adjournment, the issue, like the bill, lies with the governor. With editorial and public pressure mounting for a gubernatorial veto before the July 8 deadline, some Fourth Floor staffers, with...
  • Jindal won’t stop raise

    06/12/2008 5:51:26 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 211+ views ^ | 06/12/08 | MARSHA SHULER
    House pay bill vote due Friday Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he would let a bill that would triple legislators’ pay become law rather than use his veto pen. House Speaker Jim Tucker told the state House of Representatives on Wednesday that the pay raise bill would be scheduled for a vote on Friday. Jindal said he did not want to give legislators a reason to sidetrack the bills he wants passed. “I don’t want to give anybody any excuse for slowing down any of the important reform going through the legislature (that are) important to the people of Louisiana,”...
  • Tell Your Boss You've Voted Yourself a Raise

    06/07/2008 10:27:03 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 82+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 7, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...try it: pick a day next week, walk into your boss’s office and inform him/her that you have voted yourself a 34% raise, with a clear 1/3 tax-free, with all the perks that go with public office. Depending on your boss, you will be considered the ‘life of the office’, tagged for some ‘employee therapy program’, or escorted out the front door....
  • O'Malley places top aides in new pay grade (MD)

    03/11/2008 10:56:22 AM PDT · by JZelle · 15 replies · 479+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-11-08 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley created a new pay grade for top members of his administration, including Public Service Commission Chairman Steven B. Larsen, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times. The discovery follows recent findings that Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, gave more than $600,000 in pay raises to 47 of his top aides, even as state workers face potential cuts in pay raises. Under the new pay grade, EX91, Mr. O'Malley will pay four employees as much as $235,000. The previous cap for high-ranking employees of a Maryland governor was $159,632, but governors frequently exceeded the figure. "The...
  • Members of Congress get $4,000 pay raise to $169,300 per year (Cheney & the SCotUS too!)

    01/09/2008 12:15:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 107+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/09/08 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON – Fortunately for members of Congress, their pay isn't tied to their approval ratings. Lawmakers in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the pay they have lived with since January 2006. That 2.5 percent increase is mirrored by similar raises for associate justices of the Supreme Court, who will see their pay go from $203,000 to $208,100, and Chief Justice John Roberts, whose pay will rise to $217,400 from $212,100. The salary figures were published in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register. Last year was the first since 1999, when the pay was $136,700,...
  • Department Engages Congress for Full 3.5 Percent Troop Pay Raise

    12/31/2007 4:58:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 118+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2007 – Military members will receive a 3 percent pay raise effective tomorrow, as President Bush urges Congress to revise some provisions regarding Iraq contained in the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. The president authorized the 3 percent pay raise in an executive order. The act includes authorization for a 0.5 percent additional pay raise for U.S. troops, but the president has, for now, elected not to sign the defense authorization bill in its present form while Congress is adjourned, a practice known as a "pocket veto." On Dec. 28, President Bush announced his displeasure...
  • House Members Seek Pay Raise of $4,400

    06/28/2007 12:58:36 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 12 replies · 306+ views
    AP News ^ | Jun 28, 8:19 AM (ET) | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite low approval ratings and hard feelings from last year's elections, Democrats and Republicans in the House are reaching out for an approximately $4,400 pay raise that would increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise endorsed Wednesday evening gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between the parties last year and again in January killed the pay increase due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay boost in seven years. The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves more...
  • House Members Seek $4,400 Pay Raise

    06/28/2007 8:47:04 AM PDT · by angelcindy · 22 replies · 458+ views
    My Way ^ | Jun 28, 11:24 AM (ET) | By ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite low approval ratings and hard feelings from last year's elections, Democrats and Republicans in the House are reaching out for an approximately $4,400 pay raise that would increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise endorsed Wednesday evening gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between the parties last year and again in January killed the pay increase due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay boost in seven years. The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves more...
  • US House Votes Itself A Payraise

    06/28/2007 5:12:32 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 35 replies · 645+ views ^ | June 28,2007 | Mark Harris
    Say What? That’s right the most “ethical” congress in history voted itself a payhike today. I am looking for the roll call and I will post it when it when I find it. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., worked the floor during the vote to make sure there was relative balance between the warring parties in delivering votes. Working through Blunt, Hoyer forced more than a dozen Republicans to switch their votes in support of accepting the raise, including Mike Pence and Daniel Burton of Indiana and Fred Upton, Dave Camp and Vernon Ehlers...
  • Members of congress give themselves a pay raise

    06/27/2007 7:57:09 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 43 replies · 1,441+ views ^ | 6/27/07
    Despite record-low approval ratings, House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between Democrats and Republicans last year and again in January killed the pay hike due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay hike in seven years. The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves a pay hike until Congress raised the minimum wage. Delays in the minimum wage bill cost every...
  • The Source is planning a "March on Montgomery" on March 20th to protest a legislative 62% pay raise.

    03/14/2007 7:22:25 AM PDT · by · 6 replies · 398+ views ^ | David White
    It’s time to tell the dirty politicians “Hello, NO!” They want a 62% pay raise before doing any of the people’s work in Montgomery this legislative session. We, at the Matt Murphy Radio Program and at 101.1 FM The Source, want to do something! Nothing less than a March on Montgomery will do the trick! Matt Murphy and the Source are asking for concerned citizens to commit! It’s A March on Montgomery to stop this obscene pay increase! If you are as mad, then sign up with this link! By signing up, you are making a commitment to join US...
  • Pay Raise, Plus-up, War on Terror Highlight Budget Requests

    02/05/2007 4:29:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2007 – A 3-percent pay raise for servicemembers, an increase in ground forces and continued funding of the global war on terrorism are on the table now that President Bush has delivered his fiscal 2008 defense budget request and 2007 emergency supplemental request to Congress today. The total DoD 2008 budget request is pegged at $481.4 billion. This represents an 11.3-percent increase over fiscal 2007. “As commander in chief, my highest priority is the security of the nation,” President Bush said in his letter delivering the budget to Congress. “My budget invests substantial resources to fight...
  • Council members raise own pay 24% (D.C.)

    12/20/2006 11:27:05 AM PST · by JZelle · 23 replies · 660+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12-20-06 | Gary Emerling
    D.C. Council members yesterday gave final approval to pay raises for themselves and for the city's next mayor, authorizing the increases just days before the current council period expires. The salary measure was one of a number of bills passed during the council's final legislative session before it recesses Saturday. Three new council members and a new council chairman will be sworn in on Jan. 2.