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Update: This controversial bill is now dead. Instead, it will be changed to a study on possible pay raises.

Sen. Head released the following statement on Wednesday:

“This week, the Senate Committee on Civil Law heard Senate Bill 60, which proposes to raise the salaries of Indiana’s statewide elected officials. As chairman of the committee and author of the legislation, I purposely didn’t take a vote at this week’s hearing because I wanted to allow time to gather reaction before moving forward.
“My goal was to address what appears to be an insufficient pay structure for our highest statewide officials. While I believe this is the case, it has become clear that a better factual foundation needs to be constructed before advancing this legislation through the General Assembly.

“To help accomplish this, I plan to change the bill to remove the pay-raise provisions and instead create a formal study that will compare pay for Indiana’s statewide officials with that of other states.

“I’m confident that the response Senate Bill 60 has already received, together with a focused study in the coming months, will help us find the right solution for Indiana.”

INDIANAPOLIS— The governor of Indiana and other top-level state officeholders would get a big pay bump under a proposal before the Legislature.

The measure by Republican state Sen. Randy Head, of Logansport, comes as lawmakers are considering a tax increase to fund infrastructure projects.

Head said Monday that the push for a tax increase makes it difficult to get support for a pay raise. But he says the state underpays top officeholders, making it difficult to recruit talented candidates.

Under the measure, the governor’s $111,000 salary would increase by about $30,000 in 2021.

It would give raises starting in 2018 to the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general and state schools superintendent.

Their salaries would increase to $119,000. Currently they each make less than $100,000 a year.