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William C. Altreuter

Thursday, April 07, 2016

New Mexico does not pay its state legislators a salary. (They get a small per diem.) I would put it to you that one of the things that Article One of the US Constitution gets right is that it provides for legislative compensation. New York's legislature could go a long way towards improving its reputation for corruption-- and a long way towards eliminating corruption-- if it declared that its members could not have outside jobs, and I would argue that it could do so without increasing its members compensation. If all this did was to drive out the members who feel that they need more money to do the job it would be a small loss.

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