The New Haven school board this week passed a resolution calling for legislators’ pay — which include their salaries, benefits and per-diem expenses — to be docked when they miss the annual June 15 deadline for passing a state budget.
I haven’t confirmed this, but I’ve been told that currently, legislators don’t get paid as long as the budget is late. However, once the budget is passed, they are eligible for retroactive pay. In other words, the pay is delayed but they ultimately receive full compensation. Under the NHUSD proposal, there would be no retroactive pay; the legislators would simply lose the equivalent of one day’s pay for each day they’re late in passing the budget.
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