Over the weekend the Montana Legislature rejected a motion to blast House Bill 13, the State employee pay plan. The motion failed 44-55 with only four Republicans voting to honor their deal with Montana’s state workers. Apparently, most Republican legislators just can’t be trusted.
Last week we covered Representative Pinnoci’s hypocrisy on the state pay plan. Today we will be highlighting another Representative’s total disregard for the employees who work under him and put their lives in harm’s way. We’re talking about Representative Steve Lavin, who doesn’t even think his secretary deserves a fifty cents raise.
Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) was one of 55 Republicans to vote against a modest raise for Montana employees and guarantees that their out-of-pocket healthcare costs don’t consume their paychecks. Even though the pay plan is endorsed by people and groups across the political spectrum (from the Chamber of Commerce to organized labor), Lavin decided to spit in the face of his own employees.
Lavin is a District Captain in the Montana Highway Patrol. He oversees roughly 160 troopers. He also has a secretary who probably makes $12/hr. While Lavin gets to play politician in Helena, his troopers and secretary are stuck with stagnant wages and a healthcare plan that’s about to get really, really bad.
Not only is this a despicable thing to do to Montanans who risk their lives everyday, it’s just bad economic policy. Shame on Representative Lavin. Let’s hope he gets an earful when he gets home.