MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators are receiving a
boost in annual compensation of about $1,800.

The increase took affect today.

The Legislature passed a pay raise two years ago that provided for legislators' monthly expense allowance to go up every year by the same percentage as the Consumer Price Index.

The 3.8 percent CPI pushes the Legislature's basic compensation to $52,600.

State Rep. Jay Love says the increase sends a bad message
because of cutbacks being made throughout state government.

But Sen. Roger Bedford says it's better to have small increases every year than major increases after a long period without a raise.

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  • by RALT Location: elba,al on Apr 3, 2009 at 02:16 AM
    i wonder where my raise is
  • by Bill Location: Dothan on Apr 2, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    Yes, it's better to get a small raise each year that way the citizens won't complain too much when they don't do anything during the sessions. What about all the serious laws that need passing to take care of the citizens of this state such as the people that try to elude the police and run over innocent victims and kill them? What about the State Budget that should be, by law, the first thing the legislature is supposed to pass and it never is and always have to come back into special sessions to get it passed. Then we have to foot the bill on expenses to pay for the special session? I really do not think they are doing the voters of Alabama justice when they get a pay raise and don't do the job they are sent to Montgomery to do. Voters of Alabama you need to be aware of what these people are doing. Or better what they are not doing!
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