OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four House members of the 147 people serving in the Washington state Legislature opted to take pay cuts this year, after lawmakers cut the pay of most state workers by three percent, The News Tribune reports.
The four are House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, and Reps. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and Troy Kelley, D-University Place.
Chopp, Seaquist and Kelley took five percent pay cuts while Rivers took a three percent cut, reports the News Tribune. Rivers said that she felt it was wrong not to lower her pay when she voted to have other public employees do the same.
The salary for a representative is $42,106. As House Speaker, Chopp earns $50,106. By law, salaries of elected officials are determined by a salary commission.
The News Tribune reports Gov. Chris Gregoire, Treasurer Jim McIntire and Superintendent Randy Dorn are the only statewide elected officials who have signed up for pay waivers.
Some state officials are reportedly donating money to charity or scholarships instead of giving up pay.