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Pay Raises for State Officials, Pay Cuts for Poor

November 27, 1990

On Nov. 14, The Times carried an article ("Aged Poor, Disabled to Lose Benefits Raise") that reported that the state planned to keep the $17-a-month (per recipient) cost-of-living increase from the federal government rather than pass it on to the aged, poor and disabled, thereby "saving" $58 million--a small fraction of the projected state income shortfall. And what were the plans for the money saved? The answer came in a Nov. 16 article ("Raise for Governor, Legislators Endorsed"). The raises mentioned were in the thousands per month category. This must be a government version of Robin Hood--take from the poor and give to the rich!

BOYD WINN, Los Angeles

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