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."