Athens – State lawmakers voted this morning to cancel a scheduled pay increase for members of the General Assembly for at least a year.
The Legislative Services Committee, a special joint panel of members of the House and Senate and key staff, voted unanimously to put off the cost of living adjustment until at least Dec. 31, 2011.
Lawmakers are gathered here at the University of Georgia for a three-day conference in advance of the beginning of the next legislative session on Jan. 10.
The Legislative Services Committee, chaired by Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, sets financial policy for the General Assembly and its employees and agrees to contracts with outside agencies.
Ralston said the motion to cancel the pay raise was “very appropriate.”
Members of the General Assembly earn a base salary of $17,342, in addition to $173 a day for expenses when on official business, including days in session and for committee work. Top lawmakers, including the House speaker and other officers, earn more.
The cost of living adjustment would have boosted lawmakers’ base salary by 3 percent. The increase would have cost the state $63,000.