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Marylanders React to Pay Hike for State Lawmakers

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SALISBURY, Md. –Time is running out for Maryland lawmakers to reject a 15.7 percent pay hike that would take place over the next four years.

If the legislature does nothing to stop it, the measure will go into effect automatically.

A salary commission recommended the pay increase. According to the Maryland Reporter website, the commission proposed the pay hike based on cost of living increases or COLAs.    

Salisbury resident, Scott Malone, is against it.

"They haven't really done anything to earn this pay raise. Why are they earning this pay raise?" Malone said. "Just because they feel like they need it, or because they feel like 'Hey, we do a good job, let's do it. Why can't we vote on this pay raise?'"

Legislators currently make $43,500 for their part-time jobs. The increases will bring their salaries to $50,330.

Matthew Edkins makes the same amount as lawmakers right now. He thinks the increase is not right.

"It's part-time. I make about that much full-time plus overtime, so yea, I think it's unfair, " Edkins said.
In a phone interview, Del. Adelaide Eckardt said she is against the pay hike.

"I do not support a pay raise for legislators," Del. Eckardt said. " I think with the continued deficit that we have had with the budget, legislators need to take the higher road and set a higher standard with part-time jobs. "

Maryland lawmakers' salaries rank 13th in the nation.

They also get about $140 a day for meals and lodging during the session.

Republicans  introduced two resolutions to stop the pay hike. The bills have not been addressed yet in Maryland.

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