Thursday, June 15, 2006

Who wants a pay raise?

I do and so do you. Too bad we just can't vote on it. After all the fun of Pennsylvania legislators voting themselves a pay raise you would think that our representatives in Washington would run away as far and as fast as they can at such a suggestion. Some did but not our guy.

PB: The 249-167 roll call Tuesday by which the House blocked an effort to kill a $3,300 cost-of-living pay raise for members of Congress.

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA11) voted to prevent a direct vote on the pay raise thus clearing the way to raise his own salary. Dave Ralis puts into perspective:

Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee surprisingly approved a hike in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, which would be the first increase in a decade. However, the committee's amendment to a bill funding health and education programs is likely to be stripped out when the measure comes to the House floor. If you're keeping count that's rich lawmakers 7, the poorest Americans 0. A person working at the current minimum wage would have to put in 16 weeks (at 40 hours per week) just to gross $3,300 - the same amount as Congress' automatic raise.


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to use this space to thank Gort for being all inclusive in allowing commentary on his blog. I have attempted to comment on other blogs and they will not let you voice an opinion unless you yourself are a blogger. I understand that the majority of opinions on your blog are from other bloggers but it is nice that an "outsider" like me has a chance to be heard as well. I would ask the other bloggers to drop the uppity act and allow non bloggers to comment on your sites. Thank YOU.

Gort said...

You're welcome. All are welcome to comment. If you don't want to be anon just find a handle, nickname, initials, etc.