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Friday - June 15, 2018 9:34 am

Idea of cutting lawmaker's pay a gimmick

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It is a novel idea from one democratic candidate for Governor in Wisconsin. He wants to cut the pay of state representatives, making it equal to what first year teachers earn. Candidate Tony Evers is currently the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Schools, and he continues to be upset about Governor Walker's cuts to teacher pay. That is understandable given his position, but the idea is a bit wacky. Evers wants to reduce the pay of Wisconsin state lawmakers, now $51,000 per year, to $37,000, the average salary for first year teachers in the state. That idea certainly won't go anywhere in the legislature. Lawmakers are not going to be eager to trim their salaries. And cutting wages to match of that of first year teachers is arbitrary at best. Why not cut their salaries to match that of those working in radio if we really want to punish them? Evers idea would cut wages for those not just who voted for Act 10, but those who voted against it, as well as lawmakers who weren't even in office when the vote is cast. Evers is right that Wisconsin state representatives are overpaid for the work they do. Keep in mind, they only actually met in session a couple days this year, and will remain on vacation for the rest of this year. We shouldn't be paying full-time wages to those doing a part-time job. But cutting their wages to match teacher salaries is no more than a gimmick.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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