(This is an op-ed I submitted to local newspapers August 20)

It took more than three months, but Senate President Emil Jones finally allowed a vote on a proposed pay raise for state government officials.

I did not support the pay raise and was pleased that the Senate voted 47-0 to reject the 2008 report of the Compensation Review Board, which would have given members of the legislative and executive branch a 7.5 percent pay raise.

The Compensation Review Board reviews salaries of lawmakers, constitutional officers and top state officials, and submits a report every two years recommending salary increases. The Board’s recommendations go into effect unless both the Senate and House of Representatives vote to reject them.

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