Pay raise for president long overdue

August 03, 1999

Here is an excerpt of an editorial from the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, which was published Friday.

THE presidential salary has not been raised since 1969, when it was set at $200,000.

Legislation that would double the president's pay to $400,000 a year is pending in Congress now. The raise, which cannot go into effect until the next president takes office, is overdue and warranted.

It would be a shame if the volatile politics of public sentiment and congressional whipsawing were to consume the logic of paying the president of the United States decently.

The Constitution allows for a president's salary to be changed only between administrations, so Congress must act soon or wait until 2005 for the next possible opportunity.

The presidential salary has not been raised since 1969, when it was set at $200,000. There is no cost-of-living escalator for a president's paycheck. If there were an inflation adjustment to match the consumer price index, the presidential paycheck now would be $923,000.

Pub Date: 8/03/99

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