Legislative pay under scrutiny

PROVIDENCE, RI – A leading good-government group is backing an effort to create a more transparent personnel management system for the General Assembly.

A bill backed by Common Cause of Rhode Island would create a commission to study a classification plan for legislative pay and jobs. Similar plans have been recommended for almost 30 years.

Common Cause director John Marion says recent legislative pay raises underline the haphazard nature of General Assembly jobs.

"Employment at the General Assembly occurs," says Marion. "It's not happening in any organized fashion whatsoever, and some sort of organization needs to be put in place to make sure that decisions are being made on merit, not solely on politics."

Marion says he thinks House leadership wants to make something positive come out of the pay raise controversy. The classification plan bill remains under review by the Senate Committee on Special Legislation.

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