Tom Jones is the chairman of the Clark County Independent American Party. The IAP is the Nevada state affiliate for the Constitution Party. The following was published in the Las Vegas Sun on March 6th.
State doesn’t need full-time legislators
Tom Jones, Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The article “Politics may become legislators’ day job” states that state Sen. Tick Segerblom’s measure would have the legislature meet annually and would pay each legislator a salary of $24,000 a year. Since the present salary is $8,777 for two years, the difference is $39,223 for two years or $19,611.50 per year.
It just doesn’t make any sense to increase expenses when we are having problems balancing the budget as it is.
We should not have an annual session and we should not increase salaries.
As the old saying goes, “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.”
Since we have 63 legislators, the total increase per year is more than $1.2 million. This does not include the per diem that would also at least double.
Why do we need to increase the salary of our legislators? Do we have a shortage of candidates? No. In fact, people are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars just for a chance of being elected.