WICHITA - A bill before a Kansas House committee could hand state lawmakers a pay raise. The bill would more than double what legislators are paid during the 90-day legislative session. However, it seeks to reduce the retirement package available to lawmakers. In Kansas, serving as a lawmaker is a part-time job, but the bill would increase the money legislators receive each year to about $25,000. House Bill 2740 seeks to increase lawmakers' daily pay to 80 percent of the average daily pay of Kansas teachers. That translates into about a $10,000 per year raise for legislators.
Kansas Organization of State Employees, a union representing some state employees, said Thursday that legislators have not had a raise since 2009 because state worker's haven't either. KAKE News spoke with Rebecca Proctor, KOSE Interim Executive Director.
"If legislators think it is difficult to make a living without a pay increase in five years for their part-time job, they should imagine how difficult it is for those people who work state jobs for their full-time job," said Proctor.
Right now, legislators in non-leadership roles make $88.66 per day during the 90-day legislative session. HB 2740 would increase that to $204 per day. Lawmakers this week also discussed a bill that would increase pay for state employees, but Proctor said it is unlikely any employee will see a $10,000 a year increase.