Thursday, May 31, 2012

IL Tea Party Republican Goes Postal




Tea Party darling Republican State Rep. Mike Bost (Murphysboro) went postal Tuesday on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives. He threw a copy of a new pension reform proposal that would require local taxpayers to cover teacher pensions costs into the air. Then he shouted to his stoic colleagues that they “should be ashamed” of themselves. Then added hilariously 'Let my people go!'

Apparently Rep. Mike Bost's anger at the public paying for pensions only applies to union members like teachers but strangely doesn't apply to politicians. Illinois' state representatives receive the third highest base salary of all state legislators in the country as of 2012, according to the National Council on State Legislatures.Their base pay is $67,836/year plus very generous fringe benefits. Illinois state house is the 3'rd highest paid in the country after California and Michigan.

Sources:

2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table
Representative Mike Bost (R)
Bills sponsored by Mike Bost


Further reading on State Legislators

National Conference of State Legislatures


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