Legislation Introduced to Cut Senator Salaries
Following Governor Eddie Calvo's veto of Bill 268 (the Democrat backed hay pay raise bill) Republican Senator Michael Limtiaco this morning introduced Bill 276. The legislation would eliminate the setting of salaries for senators as a percentage of the salary paid to the judges of the Superior Court of Guam.
Senator Limtiaco along with Senator Brant McCreadie introduced similiar legislation last year to roll back raises senators received in 2011. Three years ago senators salaries went up to $60,000 a year after they implemented an old law which raised their salaries to be 50% of the annual salary of a Superior Court Judge. The Speaker's salary was raised to receive 50% of the Presiding Judge's salary.
Senator Limtiaco eventually withdrew that bill because an amendment by Senator Michael San Nicolas was passed during a session that would instead make the salary cut voluntary not mandatory.