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April 28, 2015

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State senator proposes lawmakers turn over pay for education

CARSON CITY — Freshman state Sen. Mark Hutchison of Las Vegas says he will propose lawmakers give up their daily pay of about $150 and that the money go to fund public schools.

The proposed bill “sends the right signal to the public,” said Hutchison, a Republican who said during his campaign that Nevadans are looking for public servants and not public employees to serve in the Legislature.

Senate Majority Leader Moises Denis called Hutchison’s proposal a “gimmick” and said lawmakers should be talking about real solutions to increasing money for public schools.

Denis said that while he is sure Hutchison is financially “well off,” other lawmakers, who must take time away from their regular jobs, need the pay to pay their bills and support families back home.

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  1. I already regret voting for this idiot. Not everyone in our Legislature is rich. Most need the little pay they get. Giving up your pay for education is fine, if you want to and can afford to. If I knew Hutchison was going to be a dumb a** windbag I wouldn't have voted for him. He better straighten up and fly right in Carson City or get ready for the unemployment line. Now is not the time to be a jerk.

  2. Talk about incoherent. Will K-12 allow the rest of us to retain enough of our income to subsist or do they expect us to starve on the streets to fund their ever-increasing pay and benefits? Excessive pay for negative results.

  3. Great proposal by Senator Hutchison. This proposal won't make a difference financially, but will make an important statement.

  4. This is political posturing at its finest. Any public or private industry servant has the ability to volunteeringly donate money to worthy causes of their choice. The action is making a "statement" sure, but it is redundant in nature, will have the unintended administrative costs, and the generated funds will not amount to a hill of beans with making a dent in funding education.

    Those Lawmakers who are citizens that work for a living when not involved directly meeting on government business, could likely use the financial compensation towards providing for themselves and their families.


    Blessings and Peace,