To Steve, I would ask, what did it cost taxpayers to have a sitting legislature (bicameral) that did essentially nothing last year? Moreover, what sort of benefits do these politicians receive? I believe the health insurance benefits Draz is so angry about are the very nearly the same benefits that he and other politicians receive as Minnesota legislative members! What's more, the legislative retirement package is in addition to any other public retirement package a legislative member might receive. Double-dipping - it seems - is acceptable behavior for politicians!
And finally, what sort of performance factors are used to determine the salaries of legislators?