Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers filed legislation Jan. 11 to reject the pay raises included in the Delaware Compensation Commission’s quadrennial salary report, as Delaware faces a budget shortfall.
The Compensation Commission is required by state law to review salaries against national and regional pay for corresponding officials and make recommendations for pay increases every four years. The panel finished its work Jan. 9 and sent the General Assembly its report.
House Joint Resolution 2, which is sponsored by more than 50 of the 62 legislators in the House and Senate, would reject the commission’s report. By state law, the General Assembly must reject the report in its entirety within 30 days or the proposed raises automatically go into effect.
House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said it would be wrong to issue such raises to select employees while the state has an uncertain financial future. The proposed raises would go into effect for fiscal 2018 if not rejected.
Since the creation of the Compensation Commission in 1984, the report has been rejected twice — in 1993 and 2013. In 2009, the commission acknowledged the downturn in the economy and recommended no raises for any officials.