A recent proposal by Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, to more than double state legislators’ pay generated criticism and little interest. But an analysis by Stateline, a service of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that only eight states pay state lawmakers less than Kansas does ($7,979 base salary during the 90-day session, plus off-session pay for a total $14,708 a year). At the bottom of the pay scale is New Mexico, which pays $150 a day during the session with no base salary. The big spender is California, where legislators get a base salary of more than $90,000.
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