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Walking the Walk

August 15, 2010

As he’s done every year since 2005, when state legislators received a pay raise without having to cast a vote for it, State Rep. Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley) is donating his salary hike to charity.  The sixth allotment since he started the practice, his total contributions now exceed $20,000.

“Aside from benefiting the worthy work of some very good non-profit groups, this action is intended to call attention to an ethically-challenged system that allows legislators to receive a raise without having to be held accountable for the decision,” Rep. Lavelle said.

Established in 1984, the Delaware Compensation Commission reviews the salaries of top legislative, judicial and executive branch officials every four years and issues recommendations.  This report automatically becomes law unless lawmakers intervene to stop it.

“I believe this is wrong and I’ve repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, sponsored legislation to make the commission’s report non-binding,” Rep. Lavelle said.

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