Higher Wages Draw More Talent to Legislature, Say Legislators

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  1. Republicans don't want talent they want dumb shits like Phil Jensen to drum up ridiculous crap to distract voters from the culture of corruption in Pierre. Anyone else notice Stan Adelstein's blasting of Rapid City?

  2. I read Stan this morning, reads like a witch hunt for the mayors office more than any concern for Rapid City.

    Cory, you know as well as anybody here, that wage thing doesn't apply to them, just everybody else.

  3. Maybe if the legislature temporarily diverted the monies from the crony capitalist GOED towards better teacher salaries, or did away with no-bid contracts and used the cost savings towards education. If they put have as much effort in supporting the education of our children as they did lining their cronies pockets..

  4. Legislative pay should go up and be tied to state employee raises. It's just too bad that legislators don't want to solve the problem of teacher pay, or the problem of counties getting stuck with the cost of criminal justice without getting any tax money from alcohol.

  5. Stace, how are you making a living these days?

  6. I'll support raising legislative pay, but since they are the ones voting on their own salaries they should have a delayed mechanism in place that doesn't impact the current pay until the next term... or perhaps even two terms.

    That would prevent them from essentially writing themselves a check, and if their true motivation is that we need to raise wages to attract a better crop of legislators then they shouldn't care that they won't benefit if they know the next class of legislators would be those who collect the bigger paychecks right?

    P.S. - I do love that Bolin cites farmers as a group of people who can just run off to Pierre without any regards to their income. I'm assuming he should be hearing from farmers in the Canton area who will remind him that most farmers run a 24/7/365 operation... and the cattle and/or hogs that most of them own can't feed themselves just because they want to play State Senator for a few weeks.

  7. South Dakota could have the same efficiency they have right now in Pierre and save the tax payers some money to boot.

    Here's the deal, instead of all these legislators getting in each others road, lets help them out be reducing the numbers.

    First, lets go unicameral. There that was easy enough. Why wast money and time with two chambers always stepping on each others toes and all.

    Now lets cut the number of Representatives down to 6. One from Rapid, one from Sioux Falls, one from Brookings, one from Aberdeen, one from Mitchell, and one from Long Valley.

    To save even more why not let the governor appoint these people to serve at his leisure. Wow, even more money could be kept in the general fund if we only elected state officers every eight years.

    Well folks, that's basically the same representation you have now, your just spending more money for the same results you could be getting for less.

    I'm just trying to help here.

    The Blindman

  8. I've said it before....

    And I'll say it again. I know of only a bare handful of people who could afford to be in the house or senate here. All the good, qualified people that I would trust to represent me happen to have *jobs* that they can't take a three-month (if I recall correctly) leave of absence from.

    This leaves us with the likes of Phil Jensen, and others who find themselves in not having normal employment issues to deal with. Unlucky us. If it were a full-time job with something approaching decent pay, perhaps we'd have less of a circus running our state. Nuff said.

  9. South Dakota is not last in legislature salaries. New Hampshire has approx. 400 seats in the house of Representatives and they get two hundred dollars per year each. A classmate of mine was in the legislature there and got accused of having that job for his own good. He had to explain that he had a construction company to run and getting paid two hundred dollars for a few months away from the job was not paying well at all. End of complaining.

  10. But it is ok with me if they get a little more.

  11. Legislature pay should go up with inflation just like the minimum wage.

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    Roger, Rep. Bolin did note New Hampshire's really low salary.

    I'll do you one better than minimum wage: how about we key legislator pay to teacher pay? Wherever South Dakota ranks for teacher pay, that's the ranking our legislators get? (I think I can whip up a spreadsheet for that.)

  13. Heck yes, let's break off a piece for everybody. Where do I sign up for my little extra? When I travel within South Dakota I get $26.00 a day...I have to leave damn early and get home damn late in order to collect that huge amount. If I am gone overnight I get $55.00 for a hotel room, so now I am up to $81.00. They need $123.00 Why? that is about a 52% increase. Sign me up. I mean I am also doing the Taxpayers work.

  14. That FB comment is perfect.

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