Speaker of the House R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. announced today that he will give up his entire $5,000 legislative pay raise. He said other delegates will be given the same opportunity to show their concern for the state budget.
Mitchell, D-Eastern Shore, said the House will set up a voluntary payroll deduction plan that will enable lawmakers to return part or all of their pay increases to the state's general fund or to a charitable organization.
"You lead by example and that's what we're trying to do," Mitchell said.
Under legislation passed last year, Mitchell's annual salary was to climb from $32,000 to $37,000, starting this month. Salaries for the 140 other delegates are increasing from $25,000 to $27,000.