Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers, Proposition 300 (2008)

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Arizona Proposition 300, also known as the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Arizona. It was defeated.

Proposition 300 would have increased the salary of Arizona state legislators from $24,000 to $30,000 per year. It was referred to the ballot by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers.

The proposition appeared on the ballot courtesy of a commission referral process.

The governor opposed the proposition, citing the current state budget shortfall and that many Arizonans are not receiving a pay raise.[1]

Election results

Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,388,18364.2%
Yes 775,069 35.8%

Results according to the Arizona Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

Short title

The short title for Proposition 300 was:

THE COMMISSION ON SALARIES FOR ELECTIVE STATE OFFICERS RECOMMENDS THE SALARIES OF LEGISLATORS BE INCREASED TO $30,000. [3][4]

Taxpayer's perspective from NTU

Proposition 300 would have increased the salary of legislators from $24,000 a year to $30,000 annually.

Supporters

The Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers and the Arizona Advocacy Network were two groups that supported the measure.

In The Arizona Advocacy Network's statement, they encouraged "passage of this modest pay raise for Arizona's legislators. Even if you have issues with how legislators have done their jobs, they are seriously underpaid and deserve a raise. Their compensation of only $24,000 per year has not been raised for many years and must be improved to attract the best and brightest to legislative service."[5]

Opposition

Powell Gammill, an Arizona candidate for U.S. Representative, opposed Proposition 300. Powell said:

"The role of the legislature is quite simple: Pass an annual budget and go home. It is a part time legislature that is supposed to meet less than 100 days a year. Being elected is a civic minded contribution, not a career. The one thing legislators cannot seem to do in a timely manner is pass a budget. I certainly would not pay legislators more for a job they currently cannot seem to do as more of your tax money would simply encourage prolonging the budget process further.[5]

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