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Lally Donates Pay Raise to Johnnycake Center

Rep. Lally said he dropped off a check for $255 to the Johnnycake Center this week, the amount of the legislators’ raise.

Release courtesy the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.

Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. has donated the cost-of-living raise this year from his legislative salary to the Johnnycake Center.

“During a time when so many people are struggling, I don’t want this raise. I’d much rather see it go where it can help people in my own community. The Johnnycake Center provides much-needed services to a lot of people in my district, and the demand for those services rises with the cost of living, too. They’ll put it to good use,” Lally said.

Lally is a Democrat representing District 33, which now includes Narragansett, North Kingstown and South Kingstown.

Under the mid-1990s state constitutional change that downsized the General Assembly, 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 for the previous year.

That meant for the fiscal year that began July 1, legislators’ pay was bumped up 3.2 percent. While some legislators with similar concerns declined the raise, Representative Lally said he preferred to pass it on to a worthy local organization, rather than have it revert to the state’s general fund.

He calculated the difference in take-home pay for the year, and dropped off a check for $255 to the organization this week. The Johnnycake Center, headquartered in Peace Dale, serves the needy of South Kingstown and Narragansett with food, clothing and household items.

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perchance October 10, 2012 at 02:19 PM
2 of 75 reasons rhode island is ranked number 50 for business and has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. stop the "group think" in the general assembly. the results have been terrible for rhode island.
Mike October 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Don has been in there too long. 24 years doing very little for his District except fixing someone's parking ticket, getting them a job at the State House or doing what Speaker Fox instructs. Don is a really, really nice guy... but he needs to go... the state is in a death spiral.
I'm Tired of the Games October 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
perchance & Mike: Don has done quite a bit for his District over the years he has been in office. He has prevented shifts of monies in state budgets from Narragansett & South Kingstown to the big cities. Mike is on the money with he is a nice guy, but is dead wrong about needing to go. We need more people like him in the GA, not less.
Mike October 11, 2012 at 05:14 PM
24 years is just way too long for any one person to serve. He takes his marching orders from the Speaker and we know there is corruption there... Gordon's political campaign is being run out of the State House by Larry Berman -- in violation of State Law. Don will vote for GOrdon... he's part of his leadership team. Don is an insider and has responsibility for taking this state into last place. The Red Sox fired BObby Valentine, we're in last place... rewarding Don for helping us get there is absurd. It's not that Don is bad it's that his ideas have failed. He admits that the unions write the bills for him... pure and simple. Bye Don
I'm Tired of the Games October 11, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Don did not get Rhode Island into last place. Your insinuation that Don is corrupt is absurd. He has served his constituents well over the years. You would think that you would like the fact that he has achieved seniority in the House. It benefits his constituents if in fact you are one. Reinventing the wheel does nothing. Don's opponent offers nothing new other than noise.
perchance October 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM
2 of 75 reasons.Who said one person got us here? A group effort. GROUP THINK. I do not think you understand the "games" being played in RI.

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