Republican legislative leaders say they plan to derail a pay raise for members of the Oklahoma judiciary that would have also increased the salaries of the statewide elected officials such as the governor and attorney general.
Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Thursday they would support a House resolution to disapprove the proposed raises. Gov. Mary Fallin and other statewide elected officials also have called for the raises to be turned back.
A state board last year recommended a 12 percent pay raise for the judiciary, whose salaries are linked to the pay for statewide positions that include the governor, attorney general and others.
Hickman says some targeted judicial pay hikes may be in order, but the timing is not good for pay raises.
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