We recommend a "yes" vote on Amendment 8, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Proposed Amendment 8 changes the compensation of state legislators. It would undo a 2007 vote, by what was then a Democrat-controlled Legislature, that increased legislator salaries from $30,000 to $49,000, with annual cost-of-living increases. Currently, legislators make about $52,000 a year.
Under Amendment 8, legislators would receive a salary equal to the state's median household wage, which was $42,081 in 2011.
In 2010, the GOP campaigned on repealing the pay increase. While a purist view of their promise would suggest legislative pay should drop back to $30,000, we believe they were wise to tie salaries to the median household wage. Setting compensation too low limits the candidates who can run for office. It also penalizes some of the hardest-working legislators who put in full-time hours on the part-time job.
A "yes" vote should end political shenanigans on this always controversial issue, while providing public servants with a fair wage.
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