Delaware Public Media

State lawmakers vote down their own pay raises

Jan 26, 2017

High-ranking state officials and lawmakers won’t see a raise for the next four years.

State senators nearly unanimously rejected a report that would have automatically implemented the pay hikes if they failed to reject it by early next month.


Under the plan, legislators would’ve gotten a two percent raise for their base pay and an eight percent bump to their expense accounts.


Some cabinet officials and most judges would have seen some of the largest salary increases.


A bill under consideration in the Senate would axe the Delaware Compensation Commission, which creates the report.


Doing so would force lawmakers to propose and vote yes or no on any pay increases.