Doing More With Less
I would expect that constituents on both sides of the aisle to be asking members of the General Assembly if they will be taking the same cuts* as eight of them have been reported to be doing. Today’s Providence Journal reports that eight members of the General Assembly, six in the Senate and two in the House will decline their state constitution-mandated raises.
As of Monday afternoon, six senators — all of them Republicans — and two House members had notified the Joint Committee on Legislative Services, a panel of House and Senate leaders that oversees General Assembly business matters, that they do not want the additional pay. The list includes Senators Dennis L. Algiere, R-Westerly; Dawson T. Hodgson, R-North Kingstown; Nicholas D. Kettle, R-Coventry; Francis T. Ma-her, R-Exeter; Christopher Ottiano, R-Portsmouth; and Glenford J. Shibley, R-Coventry; and Representatives Doreen M. Costa, R-North Kingstown, and James N. McLaughlin, D-Cumberland, said House spokesman Larry Berman.
Granted, the amount is relatively small (increasing from $14,185.96 to $14,639.90) so the move is partly symbolic, but I think that when members of the Assembly do something positive, we should write about that as well, and not just let the “blogosphere” (gotta love made up words) be negative all the time.
So at this time when our politicians are ok with nickel and diming us all over the state every year, here’s one time when we can post something good about nickel and diming in the other direction.
But you didn’t think I could end this with all kittens and roses right? Keep in mind that this is 8 out of 113. We still have 105 who will either accept the raise or simply haven’t decided yet.
*The use of “cuts” is tongue in cheek as a cut is usually indicative of spending less. Here is the usage where we call it a cut only because we’re spending less than was budgeted for in the future, but there’s still not any real savings. Many times when our local politicians tell us about “cuts” and “savings”, this is the usage they really mean. Marc has posted about this a number of times.