LITTLE ROCK — Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Friday he opposes a proposed pay raise for elected officials and said that if it is approved he will decline to accept it.
The state Independent Citizens Commission voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a 2 percent pay raise for constitutional officers, legislators, judges and prosecuting attorneys. The panel is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal and then take a final vote on it next Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Griffin, whose annual salary is $42,315, said in a written statement, “While I am appreciative of the Independent Citizens Commission’s proposal to raise my salary, I oppose it, and if my salary is raised, I will respectfully decline. I will submit a letter on Monday to provide more detailed thoughts on this issue in advance of the commission’s Tuesday meeting for public comment.”
The proposed change would increase Griffin’s salary to $43,161.
The commission was created under a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2014. Previously, elected officials’ salaries were set in the Arkansas Constitution and the Legislature had authority to approve cost-of-living adjustments.