As demands for fiscal austerity dominated debate in Washington, Vermont’s three congressional lawmakers gave their staffers a combined $236,830 in bonuses last year. Many other congressional lawmakers also rewarded staffers with year-end bonuses.
This quote stuck out to me right away:
"The Vermont lawmakers saw the bonuses as a way to reward hard-working staffers, many of whom earn much less than they would in the private sector."
They earn much less than in the private sector? I find that hard to believe, frankly.