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8/13/2013 Costantino declines legislative pay raise
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (D-Dist. 44, Lincoln, Johnston, Smithfield) has submitted a formal notice to the General Assembly that he is declining the legislator pay increase that took effect on July 1.

Under the state constitutional change that downsized the General Assembly in the mid-1990s, Rhode Island legislators were to be compensated at an annual rate of $10,000 beginning in 1995, with annual salary increases at the beginning of each subsequent fiscal year, tied to the Consumer Price Index of the previous year. Based on that formula, legislator pay this year increased by 2.1 percent, from $14,640 to $14,947. Representative Costantino declined the increase.

“While Rhode Island is making progress in repairing the economy, people in this state are still struggling to make ends meet and find sustainable income,” Representative Costantino said. “I know this is a small token, but I hope it will serve as a sign that we understand what everyone is going through and we are committed to job creation, sustainable programs and a better quality of life for all Rhode Islanders.”

For more information, contact:
Brenna McCabe, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457