Getting What We Pay For

If this is how state governments across the nation work, no wonder groups like ALEC went to work on them. When Republicans call for devolving decisions from the federal to state governments, these are the bodies they want to make decisions. I guess you can’t be a state legislator unless you’re well-off enough to horse around in the capitol 8 months out of the year.

«the job pays $13,951 a year, a figure that hasn’t changed since 1995. You’ll receive a small stipend for every day you work, but that stipend won’t be enough to pay for a place to stay unless you prefer motels that end in the number six. Some of your colleagues cope by camping at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on workdays.


Staff support? You won’t have a lot of it. You will have an assistant, and from time to time, floating staff in the office will offer some help. But the current management team just fired 14 highly educated staffers who were supposed to help you with the more wonky aspects of the job.


The North Carolina General Assembly governs the 9th most populous state in the nation, but ranks as only the 21st most professional legislature.»

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