Senate approves legislators’ pay increase
Proposed bump would raise indistrict expense funds by $1,000 per month
Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00 AM
The South Carolina Senate approved the 2014-15 budget Wednesday, a document that would raise legislators’ pay by $1,000 per month.
The Senate version of the budget, which was about $7 billion, passed Wednesday in a 38-6 vote. It now heads back to the S.C. House for consideration.
The specific item that dealt with the pay increase for legislators was budget amendment No. 233, which, after a great deal of debate, passed by a 25-20 vote.
Under the amendment, state legislators would have available an additional $1,000 per month in in-district funds.
Currently, legislators have a salary of $10,400 per year, plus access to $1,000 per month in in-district expense funds. If the proposed amendment makes it into the final budget, that in-district expense funding would go to $2,000 per month.
The last pay increase for legislators was in 1995.
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