ANNAPOLIS — Some state lawmakers who gave their 1991 pay raise back to the statetreasury are beginning to wonder whether anyone noticed.
Sen. Charles Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, said he may discontinue the monthly deduction of half of his $2,000-a-year pay raise because the General Assembly probably won't cut spending as much as he wants.
Last Jan. 1, lawmakers' pay rose $2,000 to $27,000. Salaries willincrease by another $1,000 next month.
Smelser was one of only 14of 188 state lawmakers who gave back at least part of the raise.
"If (lawmakers) don't make a concerted effort to my liking as far as reducing the budget, and if they start going to raising taxes, I intend to give mine to some worthwhile charity," said Smelser, a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.