Colorado lawmakers could give up expense payment raise
DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are looking at their own expenses as they try to balance the budget.
Lawmakers from outside the metro area get paid $150 a day to cover housing and meals and that amount is set to rise to $191 in July. Legislative leaders from both parties want to forgo that raise until 2012.
That would save the state $238,005, a drop in the bucket toward closing the $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
The bill passed its first committee vote on Wednesday.
Republican Sen. Dave Schultheis was the only member to vote no. With lawmakers earning $30,000 a year, he’s concerned that the move will make it even harder for people to be able to serve in the Legislature.
The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for another vote.
The measure is Senate Bill 119
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