A bill filed by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) to halt pay raises for lawmakers is stuck in the Rules Committee. House Bill 6235 would continue furlough days and reject the automatic cost of living adjustment to legislative salaries. Kay says Democrats are trying to sneak pay raises through the General Assembly during what is supposed to be the last week of the spring session.
Kay says one of the proposed budgets does not require and furlough days for legislators and accepts the Cost Of Living Adjustment for FY 15, amounting to a salary increase of approximately 4.6%. He says they have not earned it.
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Kay’s plan would require the General Assembly to maintain 12 furlough days in FY15, at a rate of one a month; would eliminate the FY15 COLA and continues the per diem and mileage reduction that is in place for FY14; and save the state a little more than $600,000.
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