Friday, March 12, 2010

GOP lawmakers won't cut own pay

Lawmakers won't cut own pay
HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services | Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 5:00 am

PHOENIX It's one thing to balance the state budget with a 5 percent pay cut for state workers.

But most Republican state senators said Thursday it's quite something else to cut their pay by the same amount.

On a 15-14 vote, the Senate killed a proposal by Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, to extend the across-the-board pay cut being mandated next year for most state workers should also apply to those who enact the budget.

"As an employer, I never ask my employees to do something that I'm not willing to ask myself to do also," said Cheuvront, who runs a wine bar.

"We are asking many people in this state to make sacrifices," he continued. "And we should also be willing to make those same sacrifices."

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  2. Kudos to Sen. Cheuvront for taking a stance against hypocrisy.

    Voting against Sen. Cheuvront's proposal were GOP Sens. Jack Harper, Bob Burns, Sylvia Allen, Frank Antenori, Ed Bunch, Ron Gould, Chuck Gray, Linda Gray, John Huppenthal, Barbara Leff, Al Melvin, John Nelson, Russell Pearce, Steve Pierce and Thayer Verschoor.

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