Arkansas panel votes to give elected officials 2.5% raise

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas’ top elected officials and lawmakers are on track to receive a 2.5% raise. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Independent Citizens Commission on Wednesday proposed the raises for the Legislature and the state’s seven constitutional officers. The total cost of the raises is more than $157,000.

The raises will take effect after a public comment period and a final vote by the panel. The commission was created by a voter-approved constitutional amendment. Previously, the pay for the state’s elected officials and judges was set by the Legislature.

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