Ga. Legislators Delay Cost-of-Living Pay Hike

By: AP
By: AP

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) --

Legislative leaders have put a 3 percent cost-of-living pay hike for state lawmakers on hold.

The action came Monday, December 13 at a meeting of the state Legislative Services Committee in Athens, Ga., where lawmakers are gathered for a biennial training conference.

Georgia is facing what is expected to be another huge budget
hole in the coming year.

The 236 members of the General Assembly earn a base salary of
$17,342 a year. They are also eligible to receive $173 per day in
expenses, and more in travel costs when doing official business.

House Speaker David Ralston called the pay freeze approved
Monday "very appropriate."

The pay hike is on hold until Dec. 31, 2011. Lawmakers last saw
a pay increase in 2008.

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