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Okla. Lawmakers to Block Elected Official Raises (Feb 01, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has filed a resolution to reject a proposed 6 percent pay raise for judges and statewide elected officials.

The measure was filed Wednesday by Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate.

In September, the Board on Judicial Compensation approved a 6 percent pay raise for judges. Because the salaries of statewide elected official are based on judicial salaries, the raise would also increase the salaries of the statewide officials by 6 percent.

Republican House Speaker Kris Steele says Oklahoma is still emerging from the recession and now is not the time for pay raises.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman says state employees have not seen a raise in six years and it would be wrong to raise the salaries of statewide officials.


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