The Kansas Senate approved a bill last week creating a Legislative Compensation Commission to make recommendations about raising lawmakers’ salaries. The concern is that low pay is keeping many Kansans from serving in the Legislature. Lawmakers do put in long hours for relatively modest salaries — base pay for a rank-and-file legislator is $23,035. But it would take a major salary increase to make the job economically appealing to many professionals. And rather than attracting higher-caliber candidates to run for public office, would we just end up with higher paid ideologues?
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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