Jindal Vetos Legislative Pay Raise
In a time when politicians rarely do the right thing, it’s nice to point out when one finally comes through and takes one for the team.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced today that he has vetoed the legislative pay raise.
After days of saying he would not reject the unpopular measure, Jindal said this morning that he had changed his mind.
“I thank the people for their voice and their attention,” Jindal said of the public outcry against the raise. “I am going to need your help to move this state forward. … The voters have demanded change. . . . I made a mistake by staying out if it” originally.
Jindal said that legislators “are going to be angry I broke my word to them” by promising to stay out of the pay raise issue. “Let them direct their anger to me and not the people of this state,” Jindal said.
The governor said that although he originally promised to refrain from injecting himself in the issue because a veto may threaten his future legislative programs, he was wrong.
“The bottom line is that allowing this excessive legislative pay raise to become law would so significantly undercut our reform agenda and so significantly diminish the people’s confidence in their own government that I cannot let it become law, so I have vetoed the bill.”
Lawmakers had voted to raise their annual base salary from $16,800 to $37,500. The raise was to go into effect Tuesday.
We hope the people we elect to government will work toward our best interest, but all too often we discover our politicians to be self-servers. Their favorite diversion is to keep us busy fighting with each other along party lines while they quietly increase their personal wealth.
We must consider the halt of this unmerited Louisiana legislative pay raise a victory thanks to the citizens and Bobby Jindal.