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Proposed amendment would tie Alabama state legislators' salary to median state income

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October 31, 2011

Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Alabama State Senator Bryan Taylor (R) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would tie legislative compensation to median household income.[1]

Currently, state legislators receive about $53,438 per year. In Alabama, median household income was $40,547 in 2009.

Taylor's amendment would in short reduce legislative salaries by 24 percent and remove the state legislature's ability to increase or decrease compensation. If it appears on the ballot and is approved, the amendment would mandate that the state Department of Finance adjust salaries every year to match state median household income. Legislators would be allowed to submit expenses for legislative business.[1]

A separate bill from earlier in 2011 would propose an amendment to prohibit a legislator's compensation from increasing during a term of office.[1]

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