August 5, 2011

More on voluntary pay cuts

While some legislators opted to take a voluntary 3 percent pay cut, others have pointed out correctly that the provision in ESSB 5860 technically applies only to elected officials in the EXECUTIVE branch, not legislative branch, of state government. That means the governor, and other elected statewide officials are explicitly allowed to take the pay cut. But several legislators followed the spirit of the legislation and took the cut as well. I’m sure others can show the same spirit, share the sacrifice with you and take a voluntary pay cut (or volunteer to take the voluntary pay cut reserved explicitly for executive branch elected officials).

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