Assembly Hold Widows and Orphans Hostage to Vote Themselves "EMERGENCY"
What??? That's right. We hid behind the widows and orphans, of deceased police and firefighters who died in the line of duty, to give ourselves a pay increase. And then had the further audacity to make it an EMERGENCY measure so that it could go into effect on January 1, 2019.
The amount of legislative salaries is a fair debate to have. Let's discuss the right way to address this issue versus what we actually did in Columbus.
The Right Way
It's a matter of convincing the public that it is in their best interests to pay us more money. There are good arguments on both sides of this issue. It's best to remove the emotion and the politics as much as possible and generate statistical data. How do our salaries and benefits compare to the general assemblies of states with similar budgets and work schedules? In what way, if any, can the work of legislators be compared to the private sector? What about cost of living and/or merit adjustments? Produce evidence, if any, that the quality of candidates is or will decline because of inadequate compensation.
Once the research is complete, draft a bill based on the findings. Hold public hearings. Work it through the committee process. Have a robust floor debate before the vote. If successful in the House and Senate, the people have the option for a referendum and/or to express their approval or disapproval on election day.
The Wrong Way
The gutless wonders should keep the plan secret until after the election. Draft an amendment to a widows and orphans bill. Don't hold any hearings on the amendment. Don't allow any kind of public debate. Hold the vote in the middle of the night during lame-duck session and hope that nobody is watching. Add an emergency clause to have the pay raise become immediate. And then vote to override the governor's veto because the original bill is for widows and orphans. Is there no shame?
Senate Bill 296 - The Widows and Orphans Bill
SB 296 was good legislation when it passed the Senate and got delivered to the House. It was originally the widows and orphans bill. Unfortunately, our House Finance Committee has a history of taking good bills and making them horrible. In my opinion, the committee members who voted for the to the widows and orphans bill should be ashamed of themselves.
Simply find the date on the left side and then click "Show Breakdown" for the roll call vote on the right side.
For example, on the 12/12/2018 line, click "Show Breakdown" in the right column to see the House Finance Committee roll call vote. Those were the legislators on the House Finance Committee who gave themselves a pay raise by attaching the amendment to the widows and orphans bill.
The final vote on the pay increase was the veto override. Although I voted NO at every opportunity, who made the EMERGENCY pay increase for themselves become the law of the land. Click "Show Breakdown" on the right to find the list.
As a clarification and for the 14th Senate District for example, neither Joe Uecker nor Terry Johnson personally benefited from the vote. The pay increase will only go into effect for elected officials in their NEXT term of office after 2018. Senator Uecker is not eligible for the pay increase because he is midway through his final four-year term. Representative Johnson left the General Assembly on December 31, 2018 and returned to the private sector. The EMERGENCY pay raise is effective for all of us who began (or will begin) a new term in, or after, January 2019.
Becker Pledges to Return Pay Increase to the Community and Challenges all Members (who personally benefited) of the Ohio House and Senate to do the Same.
For the next 12 months (with a renewable option for another 12 months), I will be donating my pay increase (that was shamelessly legislated by hiding behind widows and orphans) back to the community.
Becker Donates Controversial Pay Raise to Community Organizations
January 2019 - The Cincinnati Nature Center received my personal check for $154.69.
February 2019 - TBD
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