Arkansas Panel Not Looking At Raises For Elected Officials

Jun 3, 2016

Independent Citizens Commission Chair Larry Ross (right) and Vice Chair Chuck Banks.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The chairman of an Arkansas commission that sets salaries for the state's top elected officials says the panel is not considering any pay hikes since other state employees didn't get a raise this year.

Independent Citizens Commission Chairman Larry Ross said Friday the panel cancelled a meeting planned later this month since state employees won't be getting a cost-of-living adjustment for the coming fiscal year. The commission had initially planned to meet June 14 to hear from state budget officials about state employees' COLAs.

The panel last year voted to more than double legislators' salaries and granted substantial raises to constitutional officers, judges and prosecutors. It was created through a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2014 to review and adjust salaries for the state's top elected officials.