Our generous provincial legislators ...

joyfulguyFebruary 24, 2007

... just voted themselves 25 - 30% raise in their own compensation.

And they added $000.25 to the rate of the minimum wage that employers are required to pay their employees, bringing it to $8.00 per hour.

SSince many full-time employees work about 2,000 hours/year ...

... do you know how to live on $16,000 per year?

Even if you are a full-time employee - and a large and increasing number of employees work part-time (no benefits required).

Or on contract, an uncertain existence.

I'm rather thankful to be retired, and out of that rat-race.

ole joyful

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

just voted themselves 25 - 30% raise in their own compensation
Just for fun I think I'd like to see just how each one voted...it is available for the public record, Isn't it?

do you know how to live on $16,000 per year
Being alone I probably could do it, but might have to get rid of the 3 furbabies (canines as you say), and quit enjoying a few of the pleasures in life...like using unnecessary gas to go visit and have a wonderful supper last night (boy it was great, along with great company)...might have to keep the house a bit cooler in the winter, and a bit warmer in the summer, and tend a bigger garden, and put up even more produce. Might have to hunt seriously (instead of for pleasure)...yada, yada, yada.

I'm rather thankful to be retired, and out of that rat-race.
Amen to that. I'm very thankful, and even when I do work at anything, I don't do it fast and furious as I always used to due to time restraints...just cause I'm retired, and enjoying the good 'slow' life.

Sue

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 10:45AM
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joyfulguy

Not sure how everyone voted ...

... but there was a built-in provision ...

... that some of the mouthy ones that railed against it (the "democratic solialists", mostly) ...

... could decline taking it - which would be permanent.

NO ONE DECLINED!

Several (mainly the "democratic socialists, I think) said that they were going to contribute (at least a portion of their increased amount) to charities.

Sometimes it gets hard to put our money on our mouth.

Good wishes to you and yours.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 1:13PM
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joyfulguy

I am remiss - haven't visited our legislators' local offices to remonstrate.

Or our Federal legislators' offices to complain about their arranging for their (somewhat wealthy) friends to have an increase in potential income without liability to pay one cent of income tax from about $27,000. to about $45,000. - in one year!

For most folks - it's been about $10,000. - and continues at about that level, slightly higher annually.

Stinkers.

o j

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 6:58AM
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