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Salaries, and what’s behind them

The attention, naturally, will go to the dollar amounts. The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials has proposed the next-term round of salary increases for state elected officials, and the numbers ($167,000 for governor, as of September 2008) are understandably the focus. Though, to be sure, there’s nothing especially mind-bending there.

There’s a better civics lesson, though, in the reports the agency produces – reports that analyze, from several perspectives, the jobs that these elected officials are supposed to perform. If you ever wondered what it is exactly that the governor of Washington does, or at least is responsible for, here’s your chance.

And you gotta like the agency’s slogan (yes, they have one) – “We evaluate the position – Voters evaluate the performance.”

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