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Congress Should Look at Its Own High Pay

June 16, 1991

The Times reported in its Briefly column (June 6) that Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) "introduced legislation to give shareholders a bigger voice in setting the pay of company officers. The bill would allow stockholder votes on salaries and other compensation of chief executives and directors."

I strongly suggest that Levin amend his bill to include members of Congress and other public officials.

Those politicians vote themselves pay raises that are five to 10 times higher than those received by their constituents in the private sector.

The same arguments that Congress uses--higher salaries attract more qualified people into public service--also apply to private industry.

Levin should look at his own house before trying to control private sector salaries.

ANDREW KO, Long Beach

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