Lawmakers agree to cut daily pay by 10 percent

Lawmakers agree to cut daily pay by 10 percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah legislators have agreed to take a 10 percent pay cut in an effort to reduce budget strains.

Senate Budget Chairman Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says the current budget situation is the most difficult he's ever seen and reducing pay is a small way to make cuts like those required of state agencies.

Lawmakers' daily pay will be reduced to about $117 from $130 under House Bill 410.

The bill passed the House 72-1 and passed the Senate 22-5 on Tuesday. It needs one more formal vote before being sent to the governor.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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