Rep. Leon Young is pushing to save taxpayers big time money by making the state legislature part-time again.
Young's reason to make his job part-time? They're already working part-time:
“After reviewing the number of days that we were in session during the course of the 2011-12 biennium, I realized that we met a total of only 34 days out of a possible 122 session days. This means that we were in session a mere 28% of the days allotted. Of those 34 days that we did meet, only seven of those sessions occurred in the floor year 2012, with the last one being March 15th.I hope you're sitting down: Republican freeloaders are still taking home a mind numbing $50,000 for 27 days in 2011, and $50,000 for 7 days in 2012.
It's time to end the government gravy train. No wonder government hating conservatives never stop running for office, they love those government paychecks.
Note: other states, bigger ones, are doing just fine. According to Young:
In Texas has a population nearly five times larger than Wisconsin, state legislators make $7,200 per year and meet a potential 140 calendar days throughout a biennial session. Similarly, in Virginia, with a population that exceeds Wisconsin’s by over two million, legislators meet a total of ninety calendar days each year and makes $17,640/year. I believe that it is in the best interest of the State of Wisconsin to consider moving in a similar direction ... salaries be reduced to about $12,000/year.”