Lawmakers Look for Way to Raise Their Pay

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) Kansas lawmakers are taking steps toward
tackling a ticklish issue -- giving themselves a pay raise.

Senate President Steve Morris wants to name a commission to set legislative pay by making recommendations that would be approved or
rejected by lawmakers.

Legislative Budget Committee chairwoman Sharon Schwartz said higher pay would draw younger people to run, meaning the legislature would not be overrun with retirees and the rich.

Kansas legislators make about $8,800 per year and receive $17,000 per year in expenses. That amount ranks Kansas 43rd nationally in legislative pay.

The budget committee will consider Morris' proposal and make a recommendation to the full Legislature when it goes into session in
January.


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