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Hawaii lawmakers approve continuing their pay cuts

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Hawaii lawmakers are extending their 5 percent pay cuts for another two years at a time when other government workers are taking similar pay reductions.

The Hawaii House of Representatives voted 47-4 on Thursday to pass a bill that extends legislative, executive and judicial salary decreases through 2013.

If the measure hadn’t passed, legislators would have been giving themselves huge pay raises.

The 5 percent cut would have been restored, and they’d also be owed another 7 percent in scheduled raises that have been frozen over the last two years.

Their pay would have jumped from about $46,000 a year to about $52,000 a year.

The bill was one of only a few measures considered Thursday, the last day of this year’s legislative session.

 

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