- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic and Republican lawmakers have joined together in calling for the House and Senate to reject a state panel’s recommendations of higher salaries for legislators, judges and high-ranking state officials.

Fifty of the 62 lawmakers in the General Assembly signed on as co-sponsors to a resolution introduced Wednesday to reject the recommendations of the Delaware Compensation Commission.

Lawmakers say the pay raises are ill-advised at a time when the state officials have said Delaware is facing a budget shortfall of about $350 million.

Under state law, the commission’s recommendations take effect automatically unless lawmakers vote them down in their entirety.

The recommendations include higher salaries and expense allowances for legislators, higher salaries for statewide elected officials except the governor, and pay raises for judges and several cabinet posts.

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