COVID-19 has taken a bite out of almost everyone’s income. In that sense, a looming pay cut for legislators would be “representative.”
House and Senate leadership are trying to figure out whether representatives and senators will continue to get a paycheck if the session needs to continue past its typical closure in late May or early June. If that is the case, “We likely will not be continuing with the current weekly pay through the end of June,” said Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden. “But we haven’t yet made a decision about how that’s going to work.” He said payments might be cut down or paused completely. As budgets become tight across the state due to Covid-19 strains, the Legislature can’t afford to keep dishing out $700 a week paychecks to lawmakers, even if work continues, Ashe said. Vermont lawmakers make about $14,000 a year.."
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