TOPEKA – Representatives in the Kansas House voted to cut their pay 10 percent in the next budget year.
Lawmakers are paid $88.66 per day for the 90-day session. The cut would equal about an $8 reduction.
Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, offered the amendment, which passed on a voice vote. Only a few tentative voices yelled out no.
“I know this is a tough thing but you have to realize we are laying people off, people are hurting,” Otto said.
“We’re going to take our share and it is showing the people we are willing to take a cut, step up to the plate,” he added.
The cut won’t impact what lawmakers receive for this legislative session, which is scheduled for first adjournment on April 4. The temporary cut applies to fiscal year 2010 which beings July 1 and would encompass the 2010 Legislature session.
The money isn’t the only compensation lawmakers receive while they are in session. While they are in Topeka, legislators receive a $109 per diem and $354.15 every other week for 19 biweekly peoris to defray costs between session such as postage, phones and office costs.