Editorial: No to pay raises for elected officials

Can you believe that in a year when the governor is talking about tax shortfalls and belt tightening and everyone is, rightly or wrongly, worried about the possibility of a recession, the Mississippi House voted to give themselves and the rest of the elected officials in the state a huge pay raise?

Not only that, but we're talking about a 33% pay raise. The Senate will take up the issue in the very near future. Hopefully, they won't be as politically tone deaf as the House.

We're not saying pay raises for public officials shouldn't be addressed at some point. But, in a year when many lawmakers are saying "no" to pay raises for state employees it takes a lot of nerve to vote for a pay raise for themselves and other top office holders.

That it would even be brought up shows bad judgment and bad form as well as an amazing lack of sensitivity. Again, we urge the State Senate to see the folly of this and kill it. If not we trust Governor Barbour will veto it.

I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's viewpoint...write and let us know what you think.

Email Jim Cameron at jcameron@wdam.com