Nebraska Lawmakers Likely to Revisit Pay Increase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers are planning to revisit a proposed legislative salary increase that was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh says he will raise the issue again, although he hasn't yet developed a specific proposal. Nebraska voters on Tuesday defeated the salary measure by a 2-to-1 ratio.

The measure would have increased lawmaker salaries from $12,000 to $22,500 per year. Lawmakers haven't received a pay raise since 1988, and many senators argue that the current pay keeps qualified Nebraskans from serving.

Supporters say the Legislature is dominated by retirees, lawyers, business owners, and those who are young and childless.

This year's pay-raise proposal was opposed by Gov. Dave Heineman, who argued lawmakers didn't deserve more money because of their support for taxpayer-funded prenatal care benefits to illegal immigrants.


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