No Tricks, No Raise
Propositions 201 and 302: Tell Your Lawmakers To Take A Hike.
ON A BALLOT filled with hoaxes, this one is near the top. With a straight face, those hustlers actually state "Arizona's elected officials and judges are servants of the people. The people should decide their compensation."
No shit--the people do now. That's why you're voting on a pay raise as Proposition 302 (which we'll get to in a minute). We decide how much our elected public servants are paid. This scam, slapped on the ballot by the Legislature, takes away that power and gives it to a commission appointed by--you guessed it--the Arizona Legislature.
Even if you believe that our politicians aren't paid enough, this should stick in your craw. Do you really want to let the pols pick the folks who decide how much pols are paid?
Former Gov. Rose Mofford actually signed off as the writer of the opening two sentences quoted above, which indicates just how deep the loyalty of the political class to each other has become. For shame, Rose, for shame.
Reject this piece of crap--keep the right to determine how much "public servants" are paid with the people. A big NO on 101.
The duplicitous Prop 101 also makes us say NO to Prop 302, which would increase legislative salaries to $24,000. While we're on the subject, let's destroy a few hoary myths concerning Arizona's supposedly crummy legislative pay:
H. L. Mencken once proposed that we create legislative bodies the same way we do juries--random selection. Conscript citizens to make the laws the same way we now pick them to decide if you've broken those same laws. If jurors are considered worth only 12 bucks a day to make those decisions, then $15,000 a year is clearly too much for those who decide what the rules will be. Nobody ever cares about raising juror pay.
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