Thursday, February 25, 2010

Consitutional Amendment Proposed to CUT YOUR PAY

I read this is the Spinal Column-Online last night. You might want to contact your State Senator!

State Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) has introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to implement a salary reduction and temporary wage freeze for all public employees. Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) U proposes a three-year reduction of 5 percent in the pay rate for all public servants in the state based on their pay rate on Jan. 1, 2010. The resolution proposes to begin the pay reduction on Oct. 1, 2010. This would affect the governor, lieutenant governor, all state senators and representatives, judges, civil servants, local government employees and public school and university teachers.

They are basically looking at erasing a $2 billion hole in the 2010-2011 budget by passing this resolution. In essence, they are implementing a TAX on public employees ONLY to fix the state’s fiscal mess. Not only that, because it is a constitutional amendment, it ALLOWS ALL STATE OF MICHIGAN RESIDENTS TO VOTE AND HAVE A SAY ON YOUR PAY & BENEFITS.

To be passed, this amendment must be passed by both chambers of the legislature and then it must be placed on the ballot for the electorate to vote on it as a constitutional amendment. Some are saying that it could appear on ballots as soon as this August, 2010.