Hours after an independent commission on Tuesday recommended a small pay raise for Maryland lawmakers, legislative leaders said in no uncertain terms that they're not interested.
The General Assembly Compensation Commission suggested a one-time $2,000 salary bump in 2013 or 2014 if the state's unemployment rate drops to 5 percent or lower. It's now about 7 percent. Most lawmakers make $43,500 yearly; the House speaker and Senate president earn $56,500 each.
Commission Chairman Sean W. Glynn said the recommendation reflects the commission's desire to be "sensitive" by balancing current issues, such as pay freezes for state workers, with the fact that they won't meet again until 2014.