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Full Text: Hawaii Salary Commission Pushes Legislators’ Pay Hike
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:53 PM :: 4416 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii State Salary Commission Vote to Increase Legislators’ Pay

by State Senator Sam Slom, Senate Minority Blog, March 29, 2013

Originally published in the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board Report 3-25-13.

This article has been updated.

The Hawaii State Salary Commission on Monday (March 25) recommended large raises for legislators, judges and the Governor (GM 254). Pay for state legislators will rise from $46,272 to $55,896 starting on July 1.

The pay raises cannot be justified in this economy but there are no hearings and no votes. (Former State Senator Bob Hogue & I were the last lawmakers to vote “no” to salary increases years ago when we could still vote.) I warned against, and voted against, establishing a Salary Commission.

The Salary Commission issued the 250+ page report this past weekend. It can be downloaded from this link: . Upon the submission of the report, the commission shall be dissolved. (Hawaii State Constitution Article 16, Section 3.5)

Members on the salary commission included:

Name Nominated by
Michael P. Irish, Chairperson Chief Justice – Judiciary
Mark R. Fox, Vice Chairperson House Speaker
Chad R. Buck House Speaker
Lyn Flanigan Governor
Lynn Heirakuji Governor
Stephanie N. Iona Senate President
Robert T. Wu Senate President

2013 Salary Commission Report (PDF)


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