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Salary commission taking first public comment next week in Olympia on pay for state elected officials

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
January 28, 2013 6:33 pm

The Washington State Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is launching its every-other-year process to set pay for legislators, statewide elected officials and members of the judiciary. The first public testimony is being taken next Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31, at the Phoenix Inn in downtown Olympia.

The news release is here:

For Release: Immediate Contact: Teri Wright
Date: 1/24/13
360-725-5669
Washington State Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials Accepts Public Comments
The Washington State Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials will accept public comments regarding statewide elected official’s salaries at:
The Phoenix Inn Suites
415 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501
ON January 30, 2013, 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
AND January 31, 2013, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
If you cannot attend this meeting, please send your comments to TWright@salaries.wa.gov or by mail to:
WCCSEO
PO Box 43120
Olympia, WA 98504-3120
Created by voter initiative in 1986, the Commission sets the salaries of the elected officials in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of state government. Prior to its creation, those salaries were set by the Legislature. Please visit www.salaries.wa.gov for more information.

A schedule of salaries for elected officials is here. Gov. Jay Inslee, for example, is highest paid among elected state officials, earning $166,891 under the commission’s salary schedule set in 2011. Supreme Court justices were just behind that at $164,221.

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