Senate Republican caucus declines pay increase
STATE HOUSE – All five members of the Senate Republican caucus announced that they will decline the 1.5 percent raise in their legislative salaries. Legislative pay is governed by the Rhode Island Constitution, and increases are tied to changes in the cost of living as determined by the United States government.
“Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Too many people are struggling, and accepting a cost-of-living raise is wrong,” said Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere, (R-Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown).
The other caucus members who declined the raise are: Senators David E. Bates, (R-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), Dawson T. Hodgson, (R-Dist 35, East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown), Nicholas D. Kettle, (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich) and Christopher Ottiano, (R-Dist. 11, Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton).
Earlier this week, all five submitted letters declining the raise to the personnel administrator for the Joint Committee on Legislative Services.
For more information, contact:
Katie Haughey Cardoza, Senate Minority Office
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903