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Voters should appreciate Sen. Orr’s pay-raise vote

Freshman Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, was among a group of Republicans shouting for a roll call vote rather than a voice vote March 7 when legislators approved a 60 percent pay raise for themselves.

“Doing a pay raise in this format tarnishes the image of the Senate,” Sen. Orr said.

Sen. Orr is tilting at windmills in trying to reform the Legislature, but we hope he continues to try. Somebody’s got to be the crusader to rein in the politicians.

If legislators think they deserve a raise, they should have recorded their votes. Voters back home resent the cowardly secret vote. Of the 160 people who responded to a Daily online poll, 149 said they don’t favor that raise. Even more resent the voice vote.

That vote was an example of government operating in secret as much as that of a County Commission having an unannounced meeting.

We are proud of Sen. Orr for taking a courageous stand, knowing that veteran legislators might slap him down politically.

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