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Narragansett Senator Declines Pay Raise

James Sheehan said accepting the raise wouldn't be appropriate "given the state of the economy."

State Sen. James Sheehan. File photo.
State Sen. James Sheehan. File photo.

State Sen. James Sheehan, a Democrat who represents Narragansett, announced Tuesday he will decline his 1.5-percent salary increase.

"Given the state of the economy and the fact that there have been budget cuts, I will not accept the constitutionally guaranteed pay raise," he said in a statement. "I do not think it is appropriate in principle to accept a pay raise when sacrifices are being made all across state government and in most of the households in our state."

In May, Rhode Island's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent—the highest in the country.

State legislators are eligible for annual salary increases tied to the the Consumer Price Index from the previous year.

The base pay for legislators is currently $15,171.55.

Legislators are also eligible for health insurance benefits. Sheehan said does not accept the benefits and has declined waiver payments.

muriel226 July 02, 2014 at 08:22 AM
KUDOS TO A TRUE AMERICAN....MAY ALL OTHER SENATOR'S, WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THE RAISE HANG THEIR HEAD IN SHAME.
Derek Duchemin July 03, 2014 at 09:16 AM
This man is a good senator, it shows that he cares more about the economy than how much he is making, we solute you good sir.

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