I was interested to read that on just the third day of the Utah Legislature, the House passed and sent on to the Senate a bill giving legislators a salary of $16,380 for the 45-day session ("Utah lawmakers move to change their pay," Tribune, Jan. 30).
Plus, more for those in leadership positions. Plus, hotel and meals for those who travel too far to go home each day. Plus, of course, the insurance package, which includes Medicare supplemental insurance in retirement.
Since legislators only work 33 of those 45 days, their salary compensation will be $496.36 per work day. Not a bad chunk of change for public servants.