Posted: 3:30 pm Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

State lawmakers get paid for snow days, but interns left out in the cold 

By Jim Galloway

The state’s 236 lawmakers had two snow days last week – days on which they were required to do no work, but were paid nonetheless.

Unfortunately, this does not extend to the interns and aides who fetch and carry for them, according to this Senate memo that’s making the rounds:

interns

We have run into a few lawmakers who are aware of the poor optics of the situation, especially in light of the criticism leveled at the Deal administration’s handling of last week’s icy situation.

These legislators have donated their two days of snow pay to various charities. Perhaps this will encourage more giving. We suggest the General Assembly Indigent Intern Relief Agency.

44 comments
VanguardETFs
VanguardETFs

Whatever happened to that state congressman from Columbus who got a dui in Buckhead?

PrezObozo1
PrezObozo1

There is no one more worthless on this planet that a bottom feeding, sissy golf playing, scum bag CORRUPT attorney! Its a GREAT day when ever one takes the eternal DIRT nap! Wish I could invent a machine to transport 1,500 of this sad excuse of humans to replace the 1,500 good people on the Titanic who died! The story would be one of greatness!

nick1234
nick1234

As fun as it is to whack the Legislature, how is this surprising? All full time state employees were paid for the snow days and hourly workers were not.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Nathan Deal is bleeding votes every day that the effects of SnowJam2014 lingers...

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Death by a thousand cuts....Nathan Deal is bleeding votes with every person he screwed over last week due to his total incompetence. Hopefully there will be enough disgusted folks who will vote him out of the warm Governor's Mansion.

AtlantaGuy23
AtlantaGuy23

Gotta love conservatism. "Work for what you deserve", but not me...

NWGAL
NWGAL

The big people get paid. The little people get screwed.

RPA
RPA

Well that was a courageous decision. I assume that they are all Republicans. Why is it legal to pay politicians and not others, silly question I know? This is not good

Ross


TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Send Nathan Deal to meet with the legislative interns and explain to them why he is getting paid for Snow Days but they are not....

BuzzG
BuzzG

What?  Jim Galloway is not going to mention the 2.3 million jobs to be lost because of Obamacare?

What?  Jim Galloway is not going to mention the $6.6 trillion Obama and the Democrats have added to the national debt since Obama took office?

Let me put on my shocked face!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Also, let me point out that the AJC did an investigative report several years ago on incredible claims made by legislators for per diem and mileage.  One woman claimed enough mileage to drive from Dalton to St. Simons every day.  There were some who claimed per diem for housing during the session who live in Atlanta!  Wish the AJC would publish it again.


But at any rate, let's hold these folks to the same rules the rest of us state employees follow!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Well, it should be the same for all FULL TIME STATE EMPLOYEES, including teachers, who did not work that day.  We should NOT have to make it up!  Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander, you know.


Because if the legislature can get their work done in fewer days, God know we can, and do, each year but still lose the pay.

PrimeTime1204
PrimeTime1204

" The elected officials have paid their dues to attain their level of compensation"


Ooowee, I needed good laugh and definitely got one today. Georgia lawmakers have paid their dues! Yeah, right - paid their dues for the respective club membership because they definitely are not legislating. 

FarTrain
FarTrain

If the legislators had a heart and really wanted to do the "right thing", they themselves would pay their aids and interns. You know they make enough to do so.  Giving to charities is admirable but that doesn't help a lowly paid staffer any at all.

honested
honested

As sad as it is, not paying the people who are entirely necessary to get the work done is only half of the outrage.


Why on earth do the two paid days for the Legislators 'COUNT' toward the 40 days?


It is absurd enough that we are still tied to this remnant of the agrarian past (the 40 day session) because only a small fraction of our House and Senate members have to rush away to start planting.


These people want to wind down as many days as possible (whether they work or not) so they can get to the real 'business' of Campaign Fund Raising!


Unless you are represented by an honest, reasonable House or Senate member, this might be a good time to think of term-limiting them at the ballot box. That is, if you are lucky enough to live in a district where the race is actually opposed!

dreluv
dreluv

That why vote these no good politician out of the office.

Please vote Nathan Deal out of the office..He a awful governor.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Ahhhhhh ....The Little People. Let Them Eat Cake.
uh..huh

Charles50
Charles50

Lots of people work jobs where they don't get paid if they don't work.  That's only one of the reasons many people took the chance last Tuesday.  They figured if they could just get in a few hours in case the weather would prevent them from working the next day or two it would help.  


So on one hand I feel sorry for them, on the other hand I say WELCOME to the real world.  The world of capitalism.  

RangeRover
RangeRover

I would suggest contacting Jesse Jackson...he is the standard bearer for those getting paid without ever having a job!

ChuckAllison
ChuckAllison

I didn't know interns were paid.  We shouldn't be paying state interns.  It is an educational experience for them.

Classof98
Classof98

Whether or not this is "unfair" is debatable.  The elected officials have paid their dues to attain their level of compensation, the interns have not.


Assuming it is "unfair", and we'd like to make it "fair", why do liberals like Jim default to changing the rules to pay the interns?  They did no work, right?  Wouldn't it also be "fair" to change the rules to say their bosses don't get paid either?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

"... in light of the [LIBERAL MEDIA and partisan Democrat] criticism leveled at the Deal administration’s handling of last week’s icy situation.

Most interns I know are not paid at all - apprenticeship and foot in the door for a future job if they excel.

digdeep
digdeep

The Privileged Punks ( Lawmakers) down at the State House always seem to come out ahead.  Why you ask ? Because THEY

always look out for themselves FIRST.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Maybe they should have had don balfour advocating for them instead of schafer. balfour knows how to get paid by the taxpayers while off on junkets with his corporate contributors.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@BuzzG - Here is My SHocked FACE! 

George W. Bush and His MASSIVE FAILURES in EVERYTHING. Yet You and Your Ilk gave "W" a "FREE PASS ON EVERYTHING".

Even The Deaths of 3,000 Americans......on American Soil in a matter of Hours.

uh...huh


BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@BuzzG  Nor did Jim report that the CBO projected that the risk corridors in the ACA will actually save the taxpayers $8 billion. If "risk corridors" doesn't ring a bell with you, that's what the GOPers are now clamoring about as the "Obamacare Bailout" of health insurers; the same risk-corridor concept that they placed in their Medicare Part D back in Bush days.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@BuzzG  Nor did Jim report that the CBO also projected that the federal budget deficit would shrink this year to the range of $500 million, and that's with all the war costs now on the books. Who knows, a couple of more years, and it may be back to where it was the last time that five GOPers on the Supreme Court elected a Republican President -- a budget surplus.


Oh, and with that "2.3 million jobs to be lost" comment, your normal dull face will do just fine.

anothercomment
anothercomment

This is all crap. The congressional budget office said that now 2.3 million people would no longer feel tethered to their jobs to have insurance. They can now work part-time, work flex-schedule, start their own businesses, consult, be able to work around their family obligations, instead of being tethered to a job.

instead insurers and the whole medical industry is adding jobs to handle the insurance and healthcare needs of the millions of newly insured.

Obama saved the country from the deepest depression that it was left falling into by. W. He saved the auto industry and millions of jobs! Romney wanted to let it go bankrupt, and disappear with all those middle class jobs.

Just keep believing the ignorant party line. Look at how two republican governors have driven Georgia off a cliff. We look like bumbling idiots with 2" of snow, because deal and his inept twin be another mother were too busy patting each other on the back at the Ritz Carlton.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Could be, buzz, because there aren't going to be 2.3 million jobs lost.  You've been lied too.

The prediction was simply that a certain number of people - many of them close to retirement, like me - won't feel that they HAVE to keep working any longer just to maintain their health insurance.  They'll be able to go ahead and retire, or cut back to part time...

Just another way that the ACA increases freedom for all Americans.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@BuzzG What?  Jim Galloway is not going to mention the 2.3 million jobs to be lost because of Obamacare?   

No, Galloway doesn't report every time you repuppies have a wet dream of your  favorite fantasy.
What?  Jim Galloway is not going to mention the $6.6 trillion Obama and the Democrats have added to the national debt since Obama took office? 

No, he's waiting until it hits $6.6 trillion and 25 cents. Now that will be a story worth reporting!

Now y'all be sure and get back to us when someone spends that extra quarter

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@honested  I am encouraging people who are so dissatisfied with their representative who is running unapposed to write in ANYONE.  Let your legislator KNOW how thin their ledge is!

td1234
td1234

@dreluv  It can only happen if you go to the polls in the primary and vote for Dr. John Barge with all the teachers and state employees. Will not happen in the general election. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@RangeRover Yeah, we get it, you long for the days of Tara and Twelve Oaks, when people had jobs, but you didn't have to pay them. Did the ice storm hit you guys back there in the 18th century like it did us here in the 21st?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@ChuckAllison Not to mention that 98% of them are the sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, etc of these same legislators and/or their major contributors.

honested
honested

@Classof98 Of course!

And neither should their 'days off' COUNT toward the 40 required legislative days.

NWGAL
NWGAL

td1234 - are you getting paid to shill for Barge? 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@td1234 @dreluv Predictions are easy. It is eating that crow on November 5 that will be so very hard to do.
 But, you have a lot of experience in that arena, don't you.

honested
honested

@td1234 @dreluvEvery time you repeat that nonsense, I add a name to my contact list to make sure they vote for ANYONE but barge.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I dunno, honested, the GA legislators spend their days passing bills calling for constitutional conventions, and outlawing chip implants, and pushing through unconsititutional prohibitions on free speech, and passing laws requiring teachers to say 'Merry Christmas' instead of 'happy holidays'....

I kind of think if they count the two days off toward the 40 day limit, that just gives them less time to foul up the state of Georgia.

td1234
td1234

@AuntieChrist  Yep. I have ate crow 1 time two years ago but then I was the one handing out the crow 4 years ago with my predictions that the Republicans would hold all state wide elected office and would take back the house nationally. If I am not mistaken you were one of the ones predicting Barnes would win and the Dems would hold the house. 

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 @dreluv  A vote against Barge is a vote for Deal to remain in office for four more years. I guess that is what you really want.