Ala. legislators lining up for voluntary pay cuts?

Alabama legislators say they're declining to take more money.
Alabama legislators say they're declining to take more money.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Some Alabama lawmakers are lining up for voluntary pay cuts as the state and many of its citizens look at grim financial forecasts for the near future.

Some Democrats and Republicans have turned down the COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) in addition to prorating their own salaries at the same rate of proration.

Thursday, the Republican party announced 55 of its members in the House of Representatives have also decided to cut their pay by 15 percent. It was not immediately clear how many Democrats did the same.

Legislators are still feeling some heat for a 62 percent pay raise that was enacted on the first day of the session in 2007. Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery), who voted against the pay raise, presented a resolution to cut all legislator pay by 15 percent. Holmes says he hasn't received any money in addition to his previous compensation before the increase took affect.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) said he voted against the pay raise as well and "never took home a dime of it..."

The cuts are voluntary. The current budget cuts to many state agencies via proration do not target legislators' pay.

Hubbard also said he has appointed a small group of legislators to review the pay-raise issue. He hasn't ruled out a bill to address it by the end of the session.