Skelly links thru to a discussion of whether the Mass. lawyers are correct or incorrect in trying to get paid at a higher rate, even after the State Legislature has given one raise. Much as Skelly has done, I will not comment at this time.
Anyway, what grounds have I to complain? The Virginia General Assembly has allotted funds for a raise in the payment ceiling for felonies. For your basic felony Virginia now pays $428 instead of $395, thus paying for 4.75 hours of work on a felony rather than merely 4.39 (pay rate is $90 per hour). Of course, it's a step closer to the $445 that the law says I am to be paid. Va Code sec 19.2-163. That would pay for 4.94 hours of representation.