Traverse City area State Rep. Larry Inman says he opposes Lt. Governor Brian Calley's proposal to cut legislator pay and enact a part time legislature.
Calley's proposal slashes the pay of Lansing politicians in half, putting it on par with what a teacher would make for the same amount of work.
In an interview with MIRS, Inman says he and other legislators can't afford the pay change and could have difficulty finding other work.
"Who is going to run for this office for 90 days and $30,000 when you typically spend $70,000 in a primary and $70,000 in a general election," Inman said. "And then when you come home you have to find a job?"
Inman says the Calley plan is opposed by lobbyists trying to influence the government on behalf of their clients.
"There aren't a lot of legislators and lobbyists that are real excited about his initiative," Inman said.
While the proposal isn't popular with politicians and special interests, polling shows it is popular with Michiganders.
One survey shows nearly 70% of those polled back the plan.
More information about Calley's plan can be found at CleanMIGovernment.org