Pay commission chair signals reluctance for another round of official pay raises | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pay commission chair signals reluctance for another round of official pay raises

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge LARRY ROSS: Wants elected official pay in "lockstep" with other state employees.
  • LARRY ROSS: Wants elected official pay in "lockstep" with other state employees.

The Associated Press reports
that Larry Ross, chairman of the independent commission that sets pay for state elected officials, wants to decide after a June 14 meeting whether the officials should get another raise this year after huge pay raises last year.

Ross said he'd like to see elected official pay adjustments in "lockstep" with state employee pay. Amen to that.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has decreed no cost of living pay raises for state employees this year.

Elected officials get overly generous pay raises last year in the first round of the new constitutional procedure that relieved the legislature of pay raise responsibilities and turned it over to a commission they and other officials appointed. Legislators got a 145 percent pay increase. Other raises weren't so great percentagewise, but all did well.

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