May 7, 2003
Posted at: 4:08 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House Wednesday rejected an effort to give up cost-of-living raises for themselves, and passed legislation that would give small raises to state employees.
Legislators passed a bill during the regular session that would give those in the legislative branch a 2.3 percent raise. That will add about $300 a year to a legislator's $13,000 annual salary.
House member Shirley Walters, a Greenwood Republican, offered an amendment today to take away legislators' cost-of-living raises. She and others argue that given the state's dismal budget situation and the higher taxes legislators are working to pass, they should give up more money for themselves.
But the House rejected it on a 47-to-29 vote, after some complained that they will have to pay the higher taxes like all other Arkansans.