Democrat urges pay cut for lawmakers
Published: March 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm
If all state workers have to take a pay cut, then so should lawmakers, says one Democratic senator who has sponsored a measure to reduce lawmaker salaries by the same percentage of state employees.
Sen. Ken Cheuvront, a Democrat from Phoenix, implored Senate leaders on March 4 to bring his measure, SCR1038, to the floor for a vote. But his request was ignored.
Earlier in the day, Democratic lawmakers and state workers held a brief rally in support of the measure.
“It really is about shared sacrifices,” Cheuvront said. “If we are asking other people to do things and make those sacrifices, we should be asking us to do the same thing.”
State lawmakers make $24,000 a year plus a small daily stipend and travel expenses.
If passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, SCR1038 would require lawmakers’ salaries to be reduced by the same percentage in each fiscal year that state employees’ salaries are cut.
The Senate Government committee approved the measure by a vote of 5-to-2 on Feb 4. It hasn’t moved forward since then.
Republicans and the governor’s office are proposing a 5-percent pay cut for state employees as part of efforts to balance the state’s budget. If the governor’s proposed sales tax doesn’t pass on May 18, salaries might be cut even further.