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Tuesday - December 12, 2017 9:52 am

It is time for a part-time Wisconsin legislature

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The work is largely over for the Wisconsin Legislature. They finally passed a new state budget, although two months late, and passed a couple of bills which became law. But although technically, the legislature is still in session, it doesn't have any more meetings planned until mid-spring. Which makes us wonder, why is serving in the Wisconsin legislature a full time job? Members of the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly draw a full-time salary, they receive lucrative benefits, and can claim money for meals and lodging each day they are in Madison. Altogether, the state representatives pull down about $75,000 a year. Then you have to add up the cost of the money for their staff, at further cost to taxpayers. There is no reason that Wisconsin lawmakers should be paid a full-time salary, but only made to work part-time. Many states have a part-time legislature. In fact, Wisconsin is the smallest state in the nation, by far, to have a full-time legislature. Think how much money we would save if we slashed our lawmakers pay in half. If they aren't working 40 hours a week, for 52 weeks a year, why should we pay them as if they are?

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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