Live Oak —
As I read the article about the school board and what Senator Steve Wise proposed doing, I became dismayed at the thought of the county going without the school board. How would anything be accomplished if there were no monetary benefit to go along with the positions.
After reading the article again, I came to realize, that maybe this is not such a bad idea.
Maybe we would get the positions filled with persons that have no interest in anything but the best for the children and saving the state $10 million dollars would be wonderful.
Upon further reflection, I also thought how much money could be saved if all positions of the government were paid the same way as the school boards? Would more be accomplished if all were paid on a “per meeting” schedule? Think of all the positions that are paid by the state every year. If the Governor, Senators and Congressmen, and even the City Council members were paid this way, what amount would this then save the state? The whole country could benefit from conducting business this way. When we first became a nation, George Washington did not receive a wage for the presidency: He had other business to pay him. Neither did our Senators or Congressmen. These men did it for the honor of serving this wonderful county we live in.
I don not know when Congress or the job as President became a paid position, but it can surely be stated that it gave them a vested interest in what law’s were passed and who won an election.
When I think of the amount of money that is expended from our treasury to pay all of the Government I AM truly daunted. 400,000.00 dollars a year for the President times 4 years is an awful lot. And they continue to receive this amount until they die, the Senators and Congressmen also.
So, with this being said, Thank You Senator Steve Wise from Jacksonville. You are, indeed, very wise to open this train of thought for the people of Florida and also the rest of the USA. Thank you again, for the money that is going to be saved, by getting the Congress to donate their time for just a stipend per meeting they attend and of course, mileage would be included.
If for some reason this is not feasible, then the Congress for this state (at least) could work for minimum wage. That would surely help Florida to lower her budget.
Thank you so much,
Live Oak —
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