Saturday, March 13, 2010

Democratic-Led Senate Becomes Greedy in Last Day of Session

Democratic-Led Senate Wants Pay for Extra Day of Session

With one extra day added to this legislative session, House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R) urged House members that it is not acceptable to be paid for over time during this budget shortfall. With the guidance of Griffith, the Republican-led House unanimously passed -- HJ40 stating that members would not receive per diem for the extra day.

However the same can not be said for the other side of the General Assembly. It appears that while Democratic Senators were debating where to cut $ 4 billion from state spending, their extra day of pay was left untouched. Although the extension is needed to finish session, extra pay for the lawmakers is not needed, as hinted by House Republican leaders.

Now is not the time to squeeze more money out of the Commonwealth. It appears that House Republican leaders have the right leadership needed to steer Virginia in the right fiscal direction. The Democratic controlled Senate already get paid more than the Delegates, what more could they possibly want in a time of fiscal crisis?

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