Lawmakers make a base pay of $60,584 and earn more if they hold leadership or committee chairmanship or vice chairmanship posts. Seitz said the diet COLA would bump the base pay to a little over $69,000 per year for lawmakers.
Currently, Ohio lawmakers are the sixth highest paid state legislators in the country, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The governor is paid $148,854 while other statewide officials are paid $109,962.
Any pay raise plan would need to win approval in the House and Senate by Dec. 19, which is the last scheduled voting session.
Seitz noted that the state minimum wage has been indexed to inflation since 2006 and the Internal Revenue Service recently eliminated a tax write-off that had been available to state legislators.
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