Lawmakers May Give Themselves 7.7 Percent Raise

Lawmakers May Give Themselves 7.7 Percent Raise

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers might give themselves a raise this year.

The Legislative Compensation Commission recommended lawmakers give themselves a 7.7 percent pay increase.

That breaks down to a $10 raise -- from $130 to $140 -- for each day a lawmaker attends sessions and other meetings.

The increase would lift Utah from seventh to sixth place for lawmaker pay among the 11 Western states.

The commission, however, stopped short of recommending an increase in expense payments for lawmakers who must travel to the Capitol from outside the Wasatch Front. It decided that should be left up to legislative leaders.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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