Amendment 8 could lower pay of legislators
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Amendment 8 could lower pay of legislators


– SUCH AS THE MOONPIE DROP. WE’RE MOVING CLOSER TO NOVEMBER SIXTH AND TAKING A LOOK AT MORE OF ALABAMA’S ELEVEN AMENDMENTS, TODAY ITS AMENDMENT EIGHT — A PROPOSAL TO CUT STATE LAWMAKERS PAY. FOX TEN NEWS REPORTER JOE SAL-VA-TORE HAS REACTION FROM TWO LAWMAKERS, WHOM COULD SEE A PAY CUT IF THE AMENDMENT PASSES. Amendment eight would remove a 61-percent pay raise, Alabama lawmakers gave themselves back in 2007. State rep Stephen McMillan wants to see the amendment pass, despite facing a loss in pay. Stephen McMillan, Baldwin County At this point we don’t know how much because we don’t know the expenses we’ll be reimbursed for at the same amount as state employees. Mobile-based State Rep Rusty Glover estimates his pay would be reduced 6-thousand dollars. The amendment proposes that lawmakers pay be tied to the state median income level, which is about 42-thousand dollars, ten thousand less than the U-S median income. Napoleon Bracy Jr. I think the amendment is a little confusing it appears that legislative pay will go down to household income, but for some legislators the pay may actually increase. State Rep Napoleon Bracy Jr., says the farther you live from Montgomery the more you could be reimbursed for travel. NB As far as hotel expense and travel expense it would be a reimbursement process compared to now where you would get a small per diem. The amendment says legislators living within 50-miles of Montgomery will not be reimbursed for travel. All others will be reimbursed for travel outside of their district and actual expenses incurred performing official duties. NB We work for the citizens, this should not be our primary source of income and regardless of what the pay is we have a commitment to our district and the citizens in the state of Alabama. Legislators work in Montgomery about 50 days a year, but work in their respective districts year round. Bracy and Glover, both say they put in at least 40-hours-per-week, year-round In Mobile, Joe Salvatore FOX 10 News. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED MAKING DEEPER CUTS TO LEGISLATORS PAY, BUT STATE REP STEPHEN MCMILLAN SAID THAT WOULD LIKELY PREVENT

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