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Six more lawmakers take pay cuts

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm with No Comments »
August 24, 2011 3:41 pm

We’ve been keeping track of these since reporting that few state lawmakers had chosen to cut their own pay. Since then, dozens more have rushed to sign up for a pay cut, with many saying they didn’t know the option was available.

At least 48 lawmakers have now volunteered, just one shy of a third of the Legislature.

Signing up for a 3 percent cut since our update last week are Sens. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, and Don Benton, R-Vancouver, along with Reps. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, and Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.

Fraser had previously declined to take a cut, saying she already isn’t fully compensated for her time and expenses.

All four caucus leaders have now asked for a cut. House Republicans said a two-week trip to China kept DeBolt, the House GOP leader, from submitting his request earlier. They noted DeBolt has foregone part of his per diem payments during the legislative session. Fraser has had similar comments, since she takes no per diem at all.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, has also asked for a 3 percent cut.

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