Controversial bill to give elected officials a raise to undergo changes; committee to study pay raise topic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A controversial proposal to give elected officials in Indiana a pay raise was killed Wednesday.

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) is the author of Senate Bill 60. He says he will change the bill to remove the pay raise provision and instead sending that issue to a study committee to take a closer look at how the salaries of our state’s elected officials compare with other states.

The bill originally aimed to increase the salary of elected officials to 85 percent of the salary of a circuit court judge in Marion County. It would have also made the salary of the governor equal to the salary of a Marion County circuit court judge.

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

It would have given 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.

Sen. Head issued the following statement:

“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.”

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