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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FOR LAWMAKERS

DO YOU GET WEEKS OFF FOR CHRISTMAS?

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They buried the lead!

This was the second line of a news release we just got from the Governor's Office about a couple of items he hoped lawmakers would address before the end of the year:

"Both houses of the legislature will be in session next week before adjourning for the end of the year."

The lengthy news release was supposed to be about all the good stuff the Governor hoped our lawmakers would accomplish in the final days of 2007. All I noticed, though, was that line about how they were all going to be working right up through... December 14! Congratulations.

Now I want to be careful here. Just because the legislature is not in session, doesn't mean your State Rep. or Senator isn't working. In fact, the real work gets done well off the chamber floors, where it seems our lawmakers only go to posture and argue before voting.

That said, nobody would miss 'em around the Capitol if they didn't show for the last few weeks of the year, apparently. Just to review, state lawmakers make nearly 50 thousand dollars a year in salary. They also get 88 dollars a day, tax free, for every trip to Madison. Some lawmakers pocket more than 10-thousand additional, tax-free dollars per year.

All I'm saying is I bet you'd like to have a job that pays 60 large and gives you the last three weeks of the year off. If it bugs you, double check whether your state lawmaker is in the office those final days of the year. If he or she is, maybe they're to be believed about how hard they're working for you. If they're not... well...

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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