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Whoa, whoa, whoa... Apparently in West Virginia, being a State Senator is a part time job. Which means that a State Senator likely has to work a normal, private-sector job. A job for a company that might have a strong opinion about a particular vote. A company that then might fire the State Senator after they voted in a way the company didn't like... Uh... Conflict of interest much?

What do you think? Is this system broken? How would you fix this?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
I don't have a problem with being in the $65 to $100K range. I do have a problem with paying a pension.  How many businesses have that anymore?  It's a lot for the tax payers to be on the hook for that kind of money (In Illinois).
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by:Jim Horn
There's very few employers that would allow someone to be gone for six months of the year and only work half time the other six months, which is the normal time demands of a Minnesota state legislator, so I’m having a hard time imagining what these part-time legislators would do for a career.     When I was in the Army National Guard employers didn't even care for me being gone one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

At those salaries I'm surprised we don't hear more stories about bribery, corruption, and employer conflict of interest.

As a side note when Jesse 'The Body' Ventura was governor he frequently refereed pro wrestling matches.  No conflict of interest there as I don't think it would affect the state if 'Bruno the Midnight Stalker' or 'The Bushwackers' won.   I still think it would have been great if he hired Axe and Slash as his state budget directors.
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and since a lighting strike on the telegraph pole, it must have cleaned the copper wires, because broadband speed has risen.....and the IP Profile of the line has changed from 4MB to 7MB!
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Net Neutrality in the spotlight once again: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-wont-say-whether-hell-enforce-net-neutrality-rules/

Excerpt: Pai argues that removing regulations frees up money for ISPs to invest in building and upgrading networks.

My problem with that arrangement is whomever invests in implementing or upgrading infrastructure likely expects control over it. This can lead to difficulties applying regulation later as our needs and understanding change. Cable companies are a great example of this: http://gizmodo.com/5830956/why-the-government-wont-protect-you-from-getting-screwed-by-your-cable-company
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by:Brian Matis
Ugh...
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by:Lucas Bishop
Eventually there will be one company that owns all of the fiber. The monthly payment to access Google (the internet) will consist of having Google glasses implanted on your retina.
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The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber optics, wireless (for which there is a separate topic), satellite and broadband over powerlines (BPL).