Arizona Increase the Salaries of Legislators, Proposition 300 (1996)

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Arizona Proposition 300, also known as the Recommendation by the Commission on Salaries for Elected State Officers to Increase the Salaries of Legislators (neither I nor L), was on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Arizona. It was defeated.[1]

A similar measure was approved in 1998.

Election results

Increase the Salaries of Legislators
Defeatedd No684,95851.3%
Yes 650,241 48.7%
Election results from Arizona Elections Department.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Statement from the Commission on Salaries for Elected State Officers

The Commission took seriously its responsibility of determining an appropriate salary for the members of the Arizona State Senate and the Arizona House of Representatives. The Commission worked to establish a level of compensation which will enable Arizonans from diverse backgrounds to serve as members of the Arizona citizen legislature. At the same time, the Commission worked to establish a level of compensation that was consistent with legislative service in other states. The Commission also thoroughly examined the increase in the cost of living in Arizona, using a number of different indices to identify the amount necessary to hold the compensation effectively equal to what it was the last time the legislative salary was raised.

After all of this review, and many hours of testimony and deliberation, the Commission selected the figure of $24,000. It is important to note that the legislative salary has been the same since 1980. We believe that it is unfair and unreasonable to expect individuals to serve in the time-consuming role of legislator without receiving at least reasonable minimal compensation. We urge the electorate of Arizona to support the first change since 1980 in compensation for members of the House of Representatives and Arizona State Senate.

Donald G. Isaacson, Chairman Jim Klinker Msgr. Edward J. Ryle Chuck Shipley Charles W. Wirken[2][3]

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  1. Arizona 1996 election results
  2. Secretary of State 1996 ballot measure voter guide," accessed January 1, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.