State Legislator Resignations: Is Low Pay to Blame?

Wisconsin State Capitol; Photo by Michael on Unsplash


Source: National Conference of State Legislators


People vastly overestimate of what members of the General Assembly earn per year. Correcting that misinformation can help garner support for legislative salary increases, but coming to a better understanding of state legislative compensation does not seem to improve attitudes about the General Assembly more generally. This study also suggests that informing the public has the potential to shift attitudes about other policies that are closely related to the misinformation in question.



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