By Chris Carl/Amy Cherry 3:43pm, January 8, 2013 - Updated 12:12am, January 9, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst and newly elected Sen. Greg Lavelle about the Del. Compensation Commission report.Delaware's governor and state lawmakers aren't recommended to receive for raises over the next four years.
That's the conclusion of the Delaware Compensation Commission, which released its report Tuesday.
The governor and lawmakers would be eligible to receive the same raises that rank-and-file state employees may get in the future.
The six-member commission, which was appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, is recommending raises for Delaware's judges. The report calls for three percent raises in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016.
But House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst of Bear says the time might not be right for that.
"They are recommendations, so we have to look at them pretty closely. But our forecasts for the next two years, every year it keeps getting a little bit deeper and deeper. So, I don't know how we put forth raises (not) knowing what's going to happen down the road. It just doesn't make sense," Longhurst says.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court would be the highest paid state employee at almost $213,000 dollars a year --- $42,000 more than the governor.
Only a few cabinet secretaries would receive raises, among them the Health, Kids Dept. and DelDOT secretaries. The highest paid secretaries, Education Secretary and Chief Information Officer, would not get a raise. They each make $160,000 annually.
"The scope of this particular Compensation Commission report doesn't cause me much angst," said Senator Greg Lavelle of Fairfax. "We have to recruit cabinet secretaries. I think those salaries should be looked at, and I don't have a problem looking at judicial salaries either," says Lavelle.
The Commission's report becomes law on July 1st unless rejected by the General Assembly in its entirety in the next 30 days.
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