ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state lawmakers could see their pay cut by 11% under a proposal advancing in the state Senate.
Senators voted 43-3 on Tuesday to pass House Bill 1094, sending it back to the House for more debate.
The bill would cut lawmakers’ yearly salary of more than $17,000 by 11% in the budget year beginning July 1.
Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s pay of nearly $92,000 a year would be cut by 14%.
Lawmakers say they want to give up part of their pay to show they are sharing in suffering.
State agencies, K-12 schools, universities and others are likely to face 10% budget cuts after tax revenue fell during the coronavirus pandemic.