California Elected Officials Arrested
September 24, 2010 11:03am CST
This head line appeared this week and it made me think. Here were these elected officials who were making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in salary's. How many times have we heard that the government needs to raise taxes or cut - Police, Fire or school spending. This story tells me that we need to watch the salaries of government workers and bifocals. For example Congressional salaries are $174,000 per year. This puts them in the top 10% of income earners. They also get paid their expenses to return home from work - IRS does not allow you to claim commuting expenses. They also have an excellent Retirement Plan and excellent Health care. The next expense is their staff which we pay for and I looked up my congressman and in 2009 he paid his staff $742,227. I decided to look up from the west coast and found that this person had a paid staff of over $1,000,000 in 2009. and finally I looked up one from the east coast and found that in 2009 the staff expenses were $729,421. You can check out the salaries by congressman, total staff or individual staffer at http://www.legistorm.com/salaries.html It is interesting to see how many staffers there are. For example under the "A" there are 100 staffers listed per page and over 20 pages just to cover the "A". If you figure that we are spending at the Federal Level (a conservative estimate) close to $500,000,000 per year just to pay the salaries of the House and Senate and their staff. What are we spending at the state and local level for staff to support the elected officials? I say the next time they suggest a tax increase or cut services I say cut staff. One of the most disturbing things is that a number of the elected officials have family members employed by other members of congress. Add this to the fact that government employees in general are paid up to 50% more that private business for similar duties and you have a hugh saving if we limit the size of government.