The state’s citizen salary commission voted Tuesday to freeze pay for the state’s 479 judges, legislators and statewide elected officials for the next two years.
The vote of the 16-member citizen commission was unanimous on freezing pay for people elected to executive and legislative branch jobs, and 11-3 in favor of freezing pay for judges.
As a result, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s pay remains at $166,891 a year for 2009 and 2010. Supreme Court justices’ pay will stay at $164,221, and Court of Appeals judges’ pay remains at $156,328.
Rank-and-file lawmakers will continue to earn $42,106, although minority leaders in the House and the Senate will get $46,106 and both the House speaker and the Senate majority leader will receive $50,106.
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The commission was created after the passage of a 1987 constitutional amendment that took pay-setting duties out of the Legislature’s hands, and its policy is to set pay based on job responsibilities and “to attract citizens of the highest quality to public service.”