State Rep. Steve Johnson recently introduced legislation that would make state legislator salaries equal to the average Michigan wage.
“As a proponent of shrinking government, I believe that there should not be a strong monetary incentive to be a career politician,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “We were elected to represent the interests of the people, and I feel exorbitant financial incentives make it more difficult to remain in touch with the people we serve.”
The average wage is determined by data gathered by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, and currently is approximately $47,000 a year. Rep. Johnson’s proposal requires that the Legislature’s wage be updated in conjunction with Michigan’s average wage every two years.
House Joint Resolution FF has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for further consideration.