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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