Legislator won't let pay cut idea die

Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville)
Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Paul Sanford says Senate Republicans are in a stalemate over the 2007 legislative pay raise.

The Huntsville Republican has offered a resolution to leave the compensation at $52,596 annually. But it would reduce the compensation in any future year when the governor has to cut the state General Fund budget due to the Legislature over-appropriating.

The Senate Rules Committee had Sanford's resolution on its agenda Thursday. But the committee left off a resolution by Republican Sen. Gerald Dial, who wants to cut the compensation to the 2007 level of $30,710.

Dial urged the committee to send both resolutions to a subcommittee for review. Committee Chairman Scott Beason agreed after Dial showed he had some support within the Rules Committee.

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