Senate Republicans decline pay raises


Republicans in the state Senate say they won’t be taking a 1.6 percent pay raise in their legislative salaries.

The Providence Journal reports that all eight members of the Senate Republican caucus said Thursday that they won’t be taking the raise that automatically took effect in July under the state constitution. The increase boosted salaries of the state’s part-time lawmakers from about $13,960 to about $14,185.

The Senate minority leader, Westerly Republican Dennis Algiere, says taking the pay raise wouldn’t be fair to state employees as lawmakers consider reforms to state workers’ pensions.

Lawmakers’ pay raises are tied to cost of living changes determined by the federal government. This year’s raise follows two years of pay cuts for the 113 legislators.

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