With no opposing debate, the Senate has passed SB 1395, the bill granting raises to top statewide elected officials over the next four years, on a 30-5 vote. The bill now moves to the House. It gives the governor, secretary of state, treasurer, controller and superintendent of schools 2.5 percent increases next year and each year thereafter. The Attorney General’s pay would rise next year to that of district judges, a 16 percent increase; and the lieutenant governor would get a 19.6 percent boost next year, with 2.5 percent increments thereafter.
“There’s been a lot of work go into this, trying to make a proper balance,” said Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. “I’m one who thinks that public officials should take some sacrifice in order to serve, but I don’t want the sacrifice to be so large that the good people can’t serve.” He said the lieutenant governor is “definitely underpaid. … Obviously that position has gone, over the years, from a part-time position to a very full-time position.”
The bill now moves to a House committee; there’s more detail here. Lawmakers are granting state employees funding for 2 percent merit-based raises next year, half of that permanent and half in the form of one-time bonuses.