Kansas bill seeks to raise lawmakers’ pay

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A new proposal in the Kansas House would raise legislative pay by about $10,000 a year.

Under the bill introduced by Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, lawmakers would earn 80 percent of what the average teacher earns daily, meaning pay would fluctuate annually if teacher pay varies.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that based on current figures, the raise would amount to approximately $10,000 more per year. The raise would take effect for lawmakers elected in 2016.

Lawmakers have earned $88.66 per day during the 90-day session since 2009. They earn about $14,700 a year with their biweekly interim compensation. Peck’s proposal would increase total compensation to about $25,000.

Peck says tying lawmakers’ pay to teacher salaries would make lawmakers reflect on educators’ earnings.

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