11 June 2008

sb672 baton rouge rino erich ponti leads charge for massive legislative pay raises in state house

UPDATE: sb672 scheduled to be heard and voted on by the house on friday 13 june 2008


UPDATE: 3:33 pm cdt: nutty ponti is already crawfishing - the dead pelican reports:
PONTI DOES 180 ON SB 672: " It was reported by WAFB-TV at noon today that I voted in favor of a legislative pay raise. In reality my vote was to send this legislation to the House floor in order to allow the full house the opportunity to debate and vote on this legislation. In its current form, I am opposed to this legislation and will vote against it on the House floor."
By Caroline Moses
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Legislators are even closer Wednesday to tripling their pay. They passed the bill out of the Senate to raise their base pay from $16,800 to about $50,000 a year. Wednesday morning, that bill flew through a House committee and is headed to the House floor.

House members voted for their own pay raises, like Tuesday night, in record time with little debate. The pay raise bill would normally not be up for debate until later this week on the House side, but some legislators are pushing to get it passed as quickly as possible.

Senator Ann Duplessis of New Orleans is sponsoring the bill.

Legislators would start getting that extra pay this July. Representative Erich Ponti of Baton Rouge voted FOR the raise in committee Wednesday. Only four committee members voted against the bill. ~ read more
one the one hand, baton rouge, rino erich ponti is pushing his hb1312 to raise the mandatory automobile insurance premiums on over one million of louisiana's poorest drivers in a time when gasoline prices are already over $4.00 a gallon and the economy is in disarray. this slap in the face of louisiana's poor is also fully supported by central louisiana's own ultra-liberal democrat and trial lawyer chris roy, jr. (a move that other trial lawyers actually thanked god for, so that should tell you who the bill really benefits) representative roy even went so far as to file his own bill -- hb1291.

then on the other hand, this shit-for-brains erich ponti is leading the charge to give himself an astounding 300% + pay raise. can you see yet what a bunch of criminals the louisiana legislature is?
UPDATE: from c.b. forgotston:
Here’s how the committee voted when it approved the pay raise bill.

Voting FOR the pay raise (13): Chairman Gallot and Reps. Pat Connick, R-Harvey, Greg Cromer, R-Slidell, Noble Ellington, D-Winnsboro, Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, Cameron Henry, R-Jefferson, Girod Jackson, D-Marrero, Rosalind Jones, D-Monroe, Tony Ligi, R-Kenner, Charmaine Marchand, D-New Orleans, Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, Steve Pugh, R-Ponchatoula, and Mert Smiley, R-St. Amant.

Voting AGAINST the pay raise (4): Reps. Taylor Barras, D-New Iberia, Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, Richard, and Jane Smith, R-Bossier City.

NOT VOTING (2) Reps. Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans, and Wayne Waddell, R-Shreveport. Baton Rouge Advocate, June 12, 2008. ~ more...see 'repubs drive lege pay raise'
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