State legislative gridlock exists because pay for the job is so bad -- New Hampshire pays $200 for a two-year term -- that it attracts a limited pool of talented candidates. That problem can plague private industry as well, Steve Gifford writes. "Next time you think about how much 'those bums' in your state capitol are getting paid, consider it as a talent professional," he writes. "Just like in your organization, you will get the performance that you're willing to pay for."

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