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IS MONTGOMERY COUNTY AS BIG AS HARRIS COUNTY? GUESS COMMISSIONERS THINK SO

In January 2014 Harris County Commissioners voted to give themselves an 11% raise.

Among the state’s largest counties, Harris County commissioners already are the highest-paid with an annual base salary of $149,568. That does not include a $550-a-month car allowance, which some court members accept and some do not, and $5 a month in “longevity pay,” given for every year of service.

Under the budget that was  considered by the court 20 months ago, the four commissioners will see their salaries increase by 11 percent to $165,900 and their benefits by 12 percent.

Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of the conservative group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, said counties should “take a page out of our U.S. Constitution” when setting the salaries of elected officials. He praised the way raises are given in Congress, per a constitutional amendment, because they do not go into effect until after the next election. That means that when elected officials are voting on them, they do not necessarily know if they will reap the benefit.

Now look at what the Montgomery County commissioners have decided on their pay raise.

 

It is also interesting that on this day 34 years ago Ronald Reagan signed into law the largest single tax cut in U.S. history.

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