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Statehouse Belt Tightening

Ian Scott on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11:25:20 pm

Everyone is cost cutting these days, even state legislators.

In Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced H.B. 4445 - legislation that would eliminate raises for representatives and top state officials, including the newly seated Governor, and force lawmaker furloughs.  Cutting raises is expected to save $1.1 million. 

Not to be left out of lawmaker haircuts, California is one-upping Illinois with a proposal to slash elected official's salaries by 10%.  The proposal quickly drew support from Gov. Schwarzenegger who said, "state government needs to cut back just like every California family and business is doing."

One state not in on the trimming is North Dakota where a bill sent to Gov. Hoeven would raise legislator's pay $6 per day to $141 daily during the legislative session.  Lawmakers would get another $7 per day bump next year.

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