Remember In November
Did you notice that our legislators while in a "Special Session" to complete their work on a State Budget, managed to take time to vote themselves an 11% pay raise to be phased in over the next two years? Do you also recall that recently we were informed that one of the largest employers in our community was shutting down and selling their equipment to another firm that would not be hiring any workers for approximately two years? Can you recall the last time that the elderly received more than 1.7% increase in their Social Security?
Well, our legislators either do not remember or worse, do not care. Our already struggling economy in the 35th Legislative District and in many other Legislative Districts has just received a serious hit. Did anyone hear any legislator from the 35th District, or any other District express concern, dismay or even acknowledge the increased economic pressure? NO! Are our legislators concentrating on their duties to represent us, their electorate during their deliberations? I don't think so. Remember they all have jobs or professions to make a living for themselves and their families during the other 9 months of the year. They know that we the people will have to pony up additional taxes to help them meet their Supreme Court mandated funding of K-12 Education in this state, even if we are among the hundreds of people who will be unemployed very soon. Their callous disregard of we the people fully reveals their devotion to their parties whether they're D, R, or any of the others.
Let's send them a message. Lets tell them that they have a very limited time to acknowledge who they work for and take appropriate action to address the massive imbalance between income and spending in State Government or in November we can arrange for them to join the hundreds of us who will soon be in the unemployment line. Perhaps we should take action to see that the legislature is paid the State Minimum Wage for the minimum work they do.
Richard Barnes, Shelton
May 15, 2015