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Stein proposes 10% pay cut for officials

FRANKFORT — Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, says state lawmakers and elected officials in the judicial branch should get a 10 percent pay cut to help the state's budget woes.

Stein filed a measure Tuesday, Senate Resolution 141, mandating the cuts in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

It would apply to each state legislator, Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, circuit court judges, district court judges, circuit court clerks and county clerks.

Stein noted that Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and cabinet secretaries voluntarily have taken a 10 percent salary reduction in 2010.

It was not immediately clear how much money Stein's measure would save the state.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the measure is unconstitutional because lawmakers cannot vote for any pay cut or raise that would take place in their elected term.

Stein replied that it's funny how the constitution is cited when there is opposition to good legislation, an apparent reference to Stumbo's push to expand gambling without a constitutional amendment.