From: Clifford Strachan
To: Angela Romero, Becky Edwards, Brad Dee, Brad Last, Brad Wilson, Brian Greene, Brian King, Carol Moss, Craig Hall, Curt Webb, Curtis Oda, Dana Layton, Daniel McCay, David Lifferth, Dean Sanpei, Derek Brown, Dixon Pitcher, Don Ipson, Doug Sagers, Earl Tanner, Edward Redd, Eric Hutchings, Francis Gibson, Gage Froerer, Greg Hughes, Jack Draxler, Jacob Anderegg, Janice Fisher, Jen Jankowski, Jennifer M. Seelig, Jeremy Peterson, Jerry Anderson, Jim Bird, Jim Dunnigan, Jim Nielson, Joel Briscoe, John G. Mathis, John Knotwell, John Westwood, Johnny Anderson, Jon Cox, Jon Stanard, Kay Christofferson, Kay Mciff, Keith Grover, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Kraig Powell, Larry Wiley, LaVar Christensen, Lee Perry, Lowry Snow, Lynn Hemingway, Marc Roberts, Marie Poulson, Mark A. Wheatley, Melvin Brown, Merrill Nelson, Michael Mckell, Michael Noel, Mike Kennedy, Patrice Arent, Paul Ray, Rebecca Houck, Rebecca Lockhart, Richard Cunningham, Richard Greenwood, Roger Barrus, Ronda Menlove, Ryan Wilcox, Steve Eliason, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Susan Duckworth, Tim Cosgrove, Val Peterson, Aaron Osmond, Allen Christensen, Brian Shiozawa, Curtis Bramble, Daniel Thatcher, David Hinkins, Dawn Frandsen, Deidre Henderson, Evan Vickers, Gene Davis, Howard Stephenson, Janeen Halverson, Jerry Stevenson, Jim Dabakis, Joanna MacKay, John Valentine, Karen Mayne, Kevin Van Tassell, Luz Robles, Lyle Hillyard, Margaret Dayton, Mark Madsen, Pat Jones, Peter Knudson, Ralph Okerlund, Scott Jenkins, Steve Urquhart, Stuart Adams, Stuart Reid, Todd Weiler, Wayne Harper, Wayne Niederhauser,
Subject: Report of the 2014 Legislative Compensation Commission
Date: Tue Dec 10 15:25:34 MST 2013
To the Utah State Legislature:

The Legislative Compensation Commission (“the Commission”) has completed its report for the 2014 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. [The full report is attached to this email.]

Utah law requires the Commission to “study and formulate recommendations concerning the salary levels of Utah state legislators…[basing] the study and recommendations upon maintaining a citizen Legislature in Utah, but compensating members fairly for their service in order that all individuals have an opportunity to serve.” The law further requires the Commission to submit its recommendations to each member of the Legislature “concerning changes, if any, which should be made in the salary plan and its administration for state legislators,” by January 2nd of each even-numbered year.

The Commission reviewed and updated the work done in 2011 and 2012, and noted that its four recommendations were essentially adopted by the Legislature in its 2013 General Session. Those changes increased, in a transparent way, compensation for legislators while ensuring that legislators who incur expenses to attend to their legislative duties are appropriately reimbursed for those expenses.

As in prior years, the Commission reviewed much data from state and national sources, including surveys of all 50 states’ legislative compensation levels. Our analysis considered compensation trends for all states, western states and states with traditional citizen legislatures. The Commission determined that the increase in daily salary to $273 for legislators last year was significant and needs no adjustment for 2014.

The Commission also reviewed leadership pay this year. After obtaining and considering data from state and national sources, and analyzing trends for all 50 states and states with traditional citizen legislatures, the Commission concluded that the Legislature’s leadership should receive additional compensation for the additional burden placed upon them.

The Legislative Compensation Commission RECOMMENDS leadership pay be increased as follows:

•           To $5,000 per year each for the Senate President and the Speaker of the House,

•           To $4,000 per year for Majority and Minority Leaders in both chambers, and

•           To $3,000 per year for other members of the respective Majority and Minority Leadership teams (specifically the Whips, Assistant Whips, and the Minority Caucus Managers) and for the two chairpersons of the Executive Appropriations Committee.


The Utah Legislative Compensation Commission

Paul D. Williams, Chair
David Pyne, Vice-Chair
Derek Larsen
David L. Rail
James R. Gowans      
Matthew G Bell
Chris Bray

Staff:   Clifford Strachan, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, (801) 538-1861

Report of the 2014 Legislative Compensation Commission.pdf