Once again proud to be a Louisianian
While the pride referred to in the title of this post is truly tongue-in-cheek, I am quite proud of my sister, who sent the letter below not only to each of the 77 legislators that voted for the pay raise but to the governor, the newspapers, and local radio talk shows instead.
As a hardworking taxpayer of this great state, I want to congratulate you on the raise you have given yourself and your friends in the legislature!! If my life could only be so simple to be able to give myself an undeserved 200% pay raise compromise, after failing to get a 300% pay raise.
I am expecting great things from this legislature now that you are the 14th highest paid state legislature in the US ~
#1 as healthiest state instead of #48
#1 in teacher pay instead of #45
#1 in road system overall performance instead of #30
#50 in infant mortality instead of #3
#1 for people with a bachelor's degrees instead of #47
#50 in violent crimes instead of #9
#1 in annual average pay instead of #38
#1 in median household income instead of #47
#50 in traffic fatalities instead of #9
#50 in unemployment instead of #2
#50 in persons below the poverty level instead of #2
#1 as the smartest state instead of #44
In the business world, CEO's who perform well are rewarded with high salaries and bonuses. Those who fail to meet their goals are fired. There is no reason why the same standards should not apply for you. If these goals are not met to justify your raise, prepare yourself for a difficult re-election.
They'd better not screw this up.