The pay of Kansas legislators is among the lowest in the nation, Associated Press reported — but it’s even less than it appears. More than half of the approximately $17,000 that legislators receive for the 90-day session is to help cover their meals and lodging in Topeka. And when the session ends, their work doesn’t stop; they continue to help constituents and meet with groups throughout the year — usually without additional pay.
Lawmakers who serve in some leadership positions get paid a little more. But Rep. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said that the average legislator’s taxable salary for a full 90-day session and for serving on interim committees (which pay extra) is only $8,650.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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