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Representative Hastings Wants a Pay Raise

by Demian Brady / /

Congressional pay is in the news again. Under current law, the base salary for Members of Congress is $174,000. Representatives and Senators are eligible for an automatic annual salary adjustment based on changes in the government’s Employment Cost Index. The adjustment goes into effect unless Congress votes to block it, which it has each year since 2010. Members are due for a potential raise next January of 1.7 percent – about $3,000 per Member, and a combined total increase in salary costs of $3.2 million.

The House is working on a Legislative Branch appropriations bill that would retain the freeze on Congressional salary for another year. At least one Member of Congress strongly opposes this.


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D.C. and California: Consider New Costs in New State and State Split Discussions

by Dan Barrett / /

While discussion continues over granting Washington, D.C. statehood and splitting up California into six separate states, reformers need to consider the new costs that will almost certainly face them as their citizens gain new rights.
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