Most — but not all — state lawmakers are getting a pay raise beginning Sunday.
Earlier this month, Assembly Member Jim Patterson, a Fresno Republican, was one of a handful of state legislators to reject the 5.3% pay increase.
Now, it looks like state Sen. Andy Vidak, a Hanford Republican, is upping the ante.
Vidak said he’ll give the money from his raise to four central San Joaquin Valley food banks. They are the Fresno Community Food Bank in Fresno, Cristo Es La Vid Verdadera in Dinuba, Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford and Community Action Partnership of Kern in Bakersfield.
The organizations will get the cash in quarterly $300 payments beginning next month, according to Vidak.
It’s not a new idea.
For instance, during the recent federal government shutdown, some Washington lawmakers took a similar action.
Vidak said the Community Food Bank told him it could get nine meals out of each $1 donation, “so I’m hoping this quarterly donation can help feed many families struggling to put food on the table here in our Central Valley.”