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Maryland Lawmakers To Receive 15.7 Percent Raise

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Salaries in Annapolis are going up.
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Salaries in Annapolis are going up.

Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.

A salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. Meanwhile a Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.

Legislators currently make $43,500 a year for their part-time jobs. The increase will bring their salaries to $50,330. House Minority Whip Kathy Szeglia says she doesn't think it's appropriate for lawmakers to take a pay raise given the state of the economy.

Maryland lawmakers' salaries rank 13th in the nation. They also get about $140 a day for meals and lodging during the general session.

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