January 15, 2009                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

Lindeen, Bullock and Juneau Donate Raises to Charity


      Auditor Lindeen, Superintendent Juneau and Attorney General Bullock to Donate Mandated Pay Raise to Charity
      
      State Auditor Monica Lindeen, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Attorney General Steve Bullock announced today that they will donate the pay raises they are scheduled to receive under Montana statute to charity. Under Montana law the salaries of statewide elected officials are tied to the salaries of their counterparts in neighboring states.
      
      Because the Attorneys General in neighboring states are higher paid, Bullock is scheduled for a $10,100 pay increase. Bullock, his wife Lisa, and their three young children will donate any increase in Bullock's paycheck to deserving Montana charities.
      
      "At a time when our state employees are being asked to go without a raise and other Montana families are struggling it's the Montana way to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need," Bullock said. "At a young age, my parents and family taught me that to whom much is given, much is expected. Lisa and I want to teach our kids the same."
      
      State Auditor Monica Lindeen is scheduled to receive a pay bump of $3,284. Lindeen and her family plan to donate that money to Montana charities.
      
      "Montana charities have been hit hard by the financial crisis, said Lindeen. "There is no better time than now to help the small local charities that serve Montanans in need."
      
      Denise Juneau, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, will also contribute her increase to charity. Juneau is slated to receive a $5,361 raise.
      
      "Too many children in Montana go to bed hungry at night in today's struggling economy. Children and families all over our state are in need of food, and I am pleased to donate my pay increase to the Montana Food Bank Network," Juneau said.