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State Legislators on Track for 15.7% Pay Hike Over Four Years

Maryland legislators will receive a 15.7 percent pay hike over the next four years unless they act soon to stop the raise.

Maryland legislators will receive a 15.7 percent pay hike over the next four years unless they act soon to stop the raise. File|Patch
Maryland legislators will receive a 15.7 percent pay hike over the next four years unless they act soon to stop the raise. File|Patch

Maryland legislators have not acted to reject or lower automatic pay raises set to kick in, so they will receive a 15.7 percent pay hike over the next four years.

The issue, first reported by the MarylandReporter.com, comes as lawmakers continue to debate whether they should raise the state’s minimum wage. The issue first came to light in a story by MarylandReporter.com.

Two independent salary commissions authorized by the state constitution, recommended the raises, says WBAL TV. If legislators don't lower or reject the raises, they go into effect automatically, and lawmakers have not acted on the raises so far.

Legislators currently make $43,500 annually. The increases will put them at $50,330 for a part-time job.

Legislators have already allowed the next governor to get a 20 percent pay raise to $180,000 a year because they did nothing to stop it in the first 45 days of this session.

The only potential roadblock to the pay increases are resolutions introduced by all 12 Republican senators and 38 of the 43 Republicans in the House of Delegates, says the MarylandReporter. Both resolutions are waiting in the Rules Committee of each house, committees dominated by the Democratic leadership.

"All the taxes that have been levied on families, they are having a tough time making ends meet, so we don't think it is appropriate for legislators to get a raise at this current time the way the economy is," House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga told the TV station.

Maryland lawmakers' salaries rank 13th in the nation. Legislators also receive a stipend for operating district offices. During the session, they receive $42 a day for meals and $101 a day for lodging. Their travel allowance will increase from $500 to $750.

"Legislators are supposed to be part-time here. I would hope no one is here for the money," Szeliga said.

Do you think Maryland's legislators should receive automatic pay raises? Tell us your views in the comments below.

Reader March 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM
So uneducated from jag and troll from mark. I almost feel as though I'm being attacked. MOM loves to move Maryland forward by wrapping his lips around the federal nipple. Job creation is practically non-existent in MD and businesses bypass this State for more tax friendly ones. It almost sounds like you two have some attachment to government, you both defend it so much. This uneducated troll will continue to view it with a suspicious, jaundiced eye that usually wants to take too much of my earnings and tell me how I should live.
jag March 25, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Reader, do you not see how your comments consist of exactly zero substance and are just a string of superficial talking points you've heard other people spew? You feel you're "being attacked" when you're the one throwing around insults? Your comments are really, really sad. You can choose to ignore all the facts and logic I provide, but you just look silly. And yet I'm sure you wonder why you're in the minority on every single issue. Surely the rest of us are just stupid or lazy or on welfare or something, right?
Kolo Jezdec March 26, 2014 at 06:32 AM
Question - do the legislators get paid throughout the year or do they receive their pay during the 90 day session? Just curious, and too lazy to look it up. Also, if citizens do not feel their legislator deserves a raise, then vote him/her out and let someone else earn that money.
Alan Burdette Jr. April 07, 2014 at 07:37 PM
So explain to me how you a working class Marylander is going to vote out a politician who you do not think should get a pay raise. The have nots and irresponsible people who breed beyond what they can afford to support are the one voting them in. That is who gives them wic , food stamps , childcare and housing at our expense. weather you wish to believe it or not they out number us now.

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