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Quitting has become costly for taxpayers
Bakersfield Californian

Maybe years of pay and benefits cuts have made it a lousy job. Or maybe the term limits voters passed decades ago are causing the now epidemic job-jumping.

For whatever reason, an increasing number of state legislators are thumbing their noses at voters, quitting their jobs mid-term to seek other elective offices or taking lucrative private-sector jobs. Every time a legislator quits mid-term, a special election must be held, with taxpayers getting stuck with about $1 million in costs.