Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Georgia Lawmakers Vote to Forego Scheduled Cost of Living Salary Increase for Third Straight Year

The Legislative Affairs Committee of the Georgia General Assembly has voted to forego the “cost of living” salary increase scheduled to be given state employees. This marks the third consecutive year the legislature has decided not to take the cost of living salary increase.

“Georgia families are continuing to struggle and our State continues to face daunting budget shortfalls. Foregoing these cost of living increases is a small step in the right direction and the responsible thing to do,” said Administration Floor Leader Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

Georgia General Assembly members are paid an annual salary of $17,341. During the last 18 months, almost all lawmakers have also participated in a voluntary 1-day per month furlough further reducing their salary. The last time Georgia legislators received a pay increase was in January of 2007.

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