Salary Increase Proposed for Wyoming Governor, Top Elected Officials
As the state legislature struggles to fund Wyoming's public schools and the University of Wyoming grapples with a financial crisis, a proposal introduced Friday in the Wyoming House would give raises to the state's top five elected officials.
The amended version of House Bill 175 would give Wyoming's governor, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, state treasurer and state auditor raises of $8,000 apiece.
That would put the governor's salary at $113,000. The other four officials would make $100,000 per year, should the measure become law.
According to the bill's fiscal note, the raises would be not benefit the current office-holders, including Governor Matt Mead. Rather, the raises would go into effect for officials inaugurated in January 2019.
The House Corporations Committee recommended and passed the amendment by a 6-3 vote on Tuesday.
The original version of the bill would have raised the governor's salary by $60,000 and given raises of $27,000 each to the other four officials.
That would have put the governor's salary even with that of a Wyoming Supreme Court Justice, while the other officials would have made the same as a Wyoming Circuit Judge.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Dan Zwonitzer of Cheyenne.