State lawmakers are, again, poised to reject recommended salary increases for themselves. The House has turned down the recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation. The Senate has, as well. The Commission, created by voters in 1994, has met every two years and has recommended pay increases for legislators and judges. And lawmakers have turned the raises down. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway of Warson Woods supports the House action. Some lawmakers have suggested the commission be eliminated, arguing that it has not removed politics from legislative pay as promised. Critics say it has injected more politics, with lawmakers now rushing to reject the raises so they can look good to voters back home. State Representatives and Senators make about $31,000 a year. The Commission had recommended a six percent pay raise.
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