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Washington lawmakers, other state officials, get a raise

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers, who are in the midst of an overtime special session, just got a raise. So did the governor and other state officials.

A state salary-setting board voted Wednesday to give final approval to pay increases it first proposed in January. That includes an 11.2 percent raise over two years to bring the salaries of lawmakers who aren’t in leadership up to $46,839 a year, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

Raises for statewide elected officials over two years range from more than 4 percent for the governor, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor to more than 12 percent for the state treasurer.

Most judges also saw an increase of more than 6 percent, and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court got a 7.5 percent two-year raise.

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11 comments

  • "oscar"

    Uuhhhhmmm,…………….what about your severely underpaid LEO’s for the state who go out and “Serve and Protect” and put their lives on the line everyday! ??????

  • Fred Maddux

    My SSA and VA payment increases don’t even cover inflation because the CPI does not include food or gasoline! how do these lazy IDIOTS think they deserve a raise! They do absoulutely NOTHING!!

  • JH

    They can give themselves a raise, but can fail to fully fund education? In any other job, if you failed to perform your basic job duties, not only would you not get a raise, but you would lose your job. Everyone in the legislature are just rich hypocrites.

  • Underpaid

    Wow, it’s funny how they can find money to give themselves a pay raise, but not the people who work 40 hours a week, every week and every year. We keep getting denied a pay raise or a better retirement package. I guess they forget, they work for the citizens of Washington (everyone).

  • Susan

    Of course the Treasurer gets more than anybody! Where did they happen to find the money for these raises? What about the search for education monies? Guess we know who really matters!

  • john smith

    they go into overtime to raise taxes to cover their excessive spending and get a raise ?? time for kicking some useless butts out of office

  • ruby2zdy

    So this is where Washington’s outrageous sales tax goes? And what about the regular state workers? How long has it been since they got a raise? And was it equivalent to that of any of the people mentioned above? And it’s infuriating that judges got a 6% raise. Judges already get paid more than regular workers. Us regular people down here can hardly buy groceries.

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