- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Several Rhode Island lawmakers have turned down an automatic raise that kicked in at the beginning of the month.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Chju9u ) that at least 17 of the state’s 113 part-time lawmakers declined the 1.6 percent raise that went into effect July 1.

A provision in the state constitution calls for lawmakers’ salaries to be adjusted annually based on the cost of living.

Nine members of the Senate and eight from the House turned down the raise. The list includes eight Republicans, seven Democrats and two Independents.

Democratic Sen. James Sheehan, from North Kingstown, says accepting the raise isn’t appropriate when sacrifices are being made across state government and in households.

Lawmakers who took the increase now have an annual salary of $15,414.26, a raise of $242.71.

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