Board votes to cut Oklahoma lawmakers’ pay by 8.8 percent
by Randy Ellis, NewsOK.com
The Oklahoma Legislative Compensation Board voted Thursday to cut lawmakers’ pay by 8.8 percent.
The vote was 4-3, with some board members who voted “no” speaking out in favor of even deeper cuts.
“I’m afraid I’ll be the hand grenade here,” said board member Christian Brim. “I would recommend a reduction of at least 50 percent.”
The 8.8 percent pay cuts are scheduled to take effect next year, following the election in November.
“Oklahomans right now, today, are frustrated with the state Legislature,” said board Chairman Wesley Milbourn. “Groups coming to the state Capitol protesting and holding signs. We’ve all seen it on the news. Those are the ones being affected and our job is to look out for Oklahomans and do what’s in the best interest for the state of Oklahoma.”