ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.
WBAL-TV (http://tinyurl.com/oc96opo) reports that a salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. A Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.
Legislators currently make $43,500 for their part-time jobs. The increases will bring their salaries to $50,330.
House Minority Whip Kathy Szeglia says she doesn't think it's appropriate for lawmakers to take a pay raise given the state of the economy.
Maryland lawmakers' salaries rank 13th in the nation. They also get about $140 a day for meals and lodging during the session.