Compensation Review Board Recommends Cost of Living Increases

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A state salary review board recommended Monday that state lawmakers, constitutional officers and judges get cost of living increases for the last and current fiscal years.

The state's Compensation Review Board did not recommend any other pay raises because of poor economic conditions. Board chairman Kevin Forde says denying cost of living increases is equivalent to what he called "inflation-caused salary cuts" that the board wants to avoid.

The cost of living increases the board recommended are 3.8 percent for the 2003 fiscal year and 2.8 percent for the 2004 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The board makes recommendations for pay raises every two years. The pay raises automatically go into effect unless legislators vote to reject them, which they have in the past.