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Arizona Officials' Salary Increase Amendment, Proposition 302 (1994)

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The Arizona State Officials' Salary Increase Amendment, also known as Proposition 302 was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Arizona as a commission-referred constitutional amendment. It was defeated.

This amendment was proposed to increase the pay of state legislators from $15,000 per annum to $19,750 per annum.[1]

A similar measure, Proposition 302, was approved in 1998. Prop 302 raised the State Legislator salary to $24,000 per year.

Election results

Arizona Proposition 302 (1994)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No655,17460.47%
Yes 428,324 39.53%

Official results via: Arizona Secretary of State

Text of measure

The text of the ballot read:

Recommendation of the Commission on Salaries for Elected State Officers as to legislative salaries have been certified to the Secretary of State and are hereby submitted to the qualified electors for their approval or rejection.

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE

Providing for an increase in the present salary of state legislators from $15,000 per annum to $19,750 per annum as recommended by the Commission on Salaries for elected state officers.[1][2]

Commission recommendation

The Statement of recommendation from the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers read as follows:

Recommended Legislative Salary - $19,750

The Commission believes the current method of establishing legislative salaries is not working. Thus, we recommend a constitutional amendment changing the present system. We suggest that the language of the amendment be determined by the Legislature, after adequate public hearings, and be submitted to the voters in 1994. In addition, each legislator should receive a minimum of $1,000 for communication with constituents. The Commission also recommends that the Legislature consider the advisability of establishing the principle that state-wide elected officers who earn substantial salaries be prohibited from taking additional paid employment. We have included a spread sheet which shows the recommendations of the Commission since 1971. This shows the amounts recommended by the Commission and the amounts actually implemented by the Legislature from 1971 through 1993. We have appreciated our appointments and enjoyed serving this great state. Thank you very much.[1][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 State of Arizona 1994 ballot proposition guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.