Your 2 Cents: Board Approves Raise For Oklahoma Lawmakers

Wednesday, October 16th 2019, 11:25 pm
By: News 9

State legislators are getting a pay raise, a big one too, albeit the first one in 20 years.  

A panel of non-elected members voted to give lawmakers a 35 percent pay raise. I said last night in My 2 Cents, $47,500 a year is not a get rich salary but may allow some talented Oklahomans who otherwise couldn't afford to -- to consider serving.

But most of you were hopping mad about the raise, like Roy from Moore: 

"I have been a state retiree since 2010 and have never received a raise in my retirement," said Roy.

Carolyn pointed out:

"Most of these lawmakers have other income to supplement themselves and their families. They are already wealthy."

But that's not good, as I pointed out and Jim from Newalla acknowledges:

"It will allow those of us who are not real well off to serve in that capacity," said Jim.

Trish from Wellston said:

"They should not be allowed to give themselves raises, that's a conflict of interest."

However, they didn't give themselves a raise. 

Suzy from Midwest City wrote:

"They deserve a raise but not this much. The retired state worker hasn't received a raise for many years."

Angela said:

"Would have thought they already made more than that, they definitely deserved a pay raise."

And tonight's parting shot is from George:

"A week ago, Kelly was saying they did not do their job now he wants to pay them more, good job Kelly,"

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's YOUR 2 Cents.