By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Here’s one more closing thought for you at the end of dismal 2015 in Garden State politics, Save Jerseyans.
I’m not trying to depress you; I’m giving you ammo to help wake others up.
Not only did just four legislators of eighty Assembly members – all from the powerless minority party – lose their jobs in November despite New Jersey’s substantial fiscal problems, but our state’s legislature remains one of the country’s best paid notwithstanding an objectively crappy job performance.
Our legislators are the 11th best paid in America at $49,000/year per member. The Senate President, Steve Sweeney, and the Assembly Speaker, Vincent Prieto, pulls down $65,333. The legislature’s workforce is the 7th largest in America bringing the cost for each legislator to at least $200,000 annually which, of course, doesn’t include leadership staffs and other ancillary employees.
And then there’s the legacy costs…
Here’s an idea: while we’re all proposing constitutional amendments, how ‘about one tying legislators’ salaries and staffing allotments to the state’s credit rating? Or inversely, to the property tax ratings?
Just don’t hold your breath waiting for someone to take it up…