SB 81 – 346+% Increase for Legislators’ Pay in Georgia

Senate Bill 81 seeks to set the annual salary of Georgia legislators at “an amount equal to the median annual household income for citizens of the State of Georgia.” This would currently account for a raise from $16,200 to $56,183 in annual salary, or over $1,400 per day of the 40 day session.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Valencia Seay (D, 34th), had previously pre-filed Senate Bill 13 seeking a raise to $29,908 per year.

Bill Sponsors:

  • Valencia Seay (D, 34th)
  • Jennifer Jordan (D, 6th)
  • Ed Harbison (D, 15th)
  • Jeff Mullis (R, 53rd)
  • Freddie Powell Sims (D, 12th)
  • Emanuel Jones (D, 10th)

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Raleigh
Raleigh

346%! Not NO BUT HECK NO…. that’s ludicrous.

MidGaRetiree
MidGaRetiree

No cost of living raises for state retirees in 10 years, threatening other state retirement systems, but she wants a 346% raise?????

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Check your math. It’s a 246% increase.

I support a 200% increase with the caveat it is accomplished with the reduction or elimination of some benefits that aren’t commonly provided in the private sector for part time work.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I get that most legislators do a range of legislative work between sessions, and per diem reimbursements may not cover the lost time of the full-time day job. But this bill doesn’t seem targeted at that, because it’s a full-time salary that doesn’t demand full-time work. If you took the present $16,200, and assuming 40 days of work for the session, it nets to $405 per day. If you extrapolate that to 260 work days per year, that would mean the pay for the 40 days is based upon an annual salary of $105,300. That’s respectable already. But I’d be… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

How about we go lower and make the session 20 days? That’s less days to pass bills that spend money or limit your rights.

Will Durant
Will Durant

You are looking at a cost of less than $9.5 million and the legislature votes on a budget totaling more than $26 billion. Just one bill, say, approving the new governor’s pet election contractor’s voting machines costs the taxpayers an extra $100 million over a more prudent and transparent paper balloting one. Hundreds of millions to billions tossed off in tax incentives to favored corporations. $100 million in tax credits to private, mostly religious schools… Face it. The session may be 40 days but it stretches over the bulk of the first quarter of the year. Can a half-assed attorney… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

In the slightly mangled words of Bud Lezell, aka Mr. Belvedere, owner of Belvedere Construction Co, “You’re only in this world to know that you get what you pay for.”