Last week, the state Commission on Legislative, Judicial, & Executive Compensation met to continue its discussions relating to pay raises for state lawmakers and government officials. These officials have not had a pay increase since 1999.
One possibility, based on inflation since 1999, would be to increase legislative salaries from $79,500 annually to $116,900. Using this formula, the Governor’s salary would increase from $179,000 to $263,200, with state agency heads being paid up to $200,000, with lower salaries for the leaders of smaller agencies.
Commission members also discussed whether state legislator are part-time or full-time, and whether they should be permitted to earn other income in addition to their legislative salaries.
The Commission will meet again on September 22.