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Legislative panel rejects pay rise for elected officials

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 16, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. Updated January 16, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.

— A legislative committee has recommended keeping salaries flat for the state’s elected officials, stripping a proposed pay increase for judges and prosecutors from a budget bill.

The Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday advanced the proposed General Appropriation Act, which sets the funding level for the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

The legislation is the first budget bill that must be passed during the session.

The $39 million bill would keep salaries flat for the state’s elected officials.

The panel removed a provision that would have increased salaries for prosecutors and judges, including the state’s Supreme Court justices and Appeals Court judges, by about 2 percent.

The measure now heads to the House.

The House and Senate convened Monday to start the 2013 legislative session.

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LevitiCuss says... January 16, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.

Considering the financial situation of the vast majority of Arkansas' citizens, I don't believe now is the time for anybody to get a raise. But get it they will- up front- while we all get it in the behind.

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roadkill says... January 16, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.

Don't know about the prosecutors, but IMHO judges are overpaid already.

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tenpoint says... January 16, 2013 at 9:03 a.m.

I think most of the people are getting paid to much . They need to think about the people that is paying their saleries. Most of the people are on unemployment . They don't need a raise.

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Got2Kids says... January 16, 2013 at 9:42 a.m.

You do realize that lawyers who chose to become judges and prosecutors make significantly less than those that remain in private practice? Why should they not be entitled to a cost of living raise? TenPoint: "Most of the people are on unemployment." I understand that not all are on unemployment by choice, but a significant portion are. Why should we continue to pay unemployment, welfare, foodstamps, etc., as opposed to giving a COLA raise to those that go to work everyday? And, before you say it, welfare is a business and it is "worked" by those who know the system everyday. Schools might as well start offering "Welfare Manipulation" as a major.

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NONSHEEPLE says... January 16, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

Judges have plenty of perks besides pay checks.. I'm not getting COL raises so they shouldn't either. Also the FIRST place that should go without pay in our "debt ceiling" circus should be ALL politicians from BASEMENT to the TOP! Take the money out of politics and you are left with people who REALLY want to be there to help. Look at how much is spent on elections compared to what those people get paid....

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Murphy01 says... January 16, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

Hey Got2, you do realize that nobody forced those poor lawyers to become judges don't you?
I always love hearing about people getting a raise, espically state and government employee's. I'm self employed, I want a raise I work harder...

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