Lawmakers right to address staff pay



July 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The Legislative Coordinating Council’s decision last week to boost pay for immediate staff members by 2.5 percent — and to study the pay of other legislative staffers — is an important, bipartisan move.

We have criticized lawmakers before when they put party ahead of pragmatism, but in this case both Republicans and Democrats agreed that something needs to change.

“Getting qualified people in is becoming more acute by the year,” said Republican Rep. Blaine Finch, according to reporting from The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Tim Carpenter. “We want to make sure the staff are actually able to help legislators communicate with constituents.”

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