Elected representatives should lead by example
To the editor:
Franklin County Commissioners Bob Ziobrowski, Bob Thomas and David Keller, along with state Reps. Rob Kauffman and Todd Rock, and state Sen. Richard Alloway recently voiced their support for legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage.
These elected officials argue that taxpayer monies are wasted when Franklin County workers are paid a wage equal to wages earned by workers in other parts of the state.
They believe that workers in Franklin County should be paid whatever the average worker in Franklin County makes, and not one penny more.
Kauffman, Rock and Alloway are paid more than $83,000 per year, pay only 1 percent toward their health insurance, receive astonishingly generous pension benefits and can take advantage of many other perks, such as mileage to and from work and $52 per diems for lunch.
Comissioners Ziobrowski, Thomas and Keller make more than $70,000 dollars per year and also receive very generous benefits.
These salaries far exceed the average earnings of people who work in Franklin County.
How refreshing it would be if our state legislators and county commissioners, who spend their days sitting in fancy offices, would lead by example.
If these men believe that taxpayer dollars are wasted when Franklin County workers earn more than the average local wage, then they should cut their own taxpayer-funded salaries to be equal to the average yearly wage in Franklin County, which was about $36,000 in 2010.
If our elected officials are not willing to save taxpayers money and base their own salaries on the average salary of a Franklin County worker, then they should stop attacking women and men who work with their hands and backs, go back to their fancy offices, enjoy a cup of coffee and do whatever it is that we pay them so much money to do.