As Michigan works to battle its $1.7 billion budget crisis, the State House of Representatives ordered its members to take a three-percent pay cut. While The Senate discusses also cutting its pay one Senator lobbies for that money to go to charities.
Senator Virg Bernero, D-Lansing, says the pay cuts of both the house and senate would be so small compared to the overall budget deficit, he’s asking legislators to simply take the approximate $3,000 cut per member and donate it to a charity of their choosing.
By some measures a three-percent cut would amount to $375,000 back into state coffers.
That’s only fractions of a percent of the nearly $2 billion budget deficit.
Some legislators oppose the cuts entirely saying a cut in their salary does nothing to rectify the problem or appease citizens.