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Letter to the Editor: Wonders who legislators are working for

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I notice that the State salary commission has just raised the base salary of our part-time legislators to $58,000 per year. That means for the even year’s short session of 60 days their yearly salary based on $58,000 for 60 days would be $356,000 if they worked full time and in the odd years with the 110 day session their salary would be $177,000 if they worked full time. This, of course, does not include their per-diem pay. Not bad for a part time job that they choose to do to serve the citizens. I begin to wonder who they are working for.

Gene Goldsmith
former State Representative District #42

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is per Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials

PositionCurrent SalarySalary after 7/1/2019Salary after 7/1/2020

Increases reflect

  • Increase in base salary by $3,000 in 2019 and $3,000 in 2020
  • Cost of living adjustment of 2% in both 2019 and 2020

Letters to the Editor submitted to My Ferndale News are the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher of My Ferndale News.


  1. John Morley February 16, 2019

    I agree. The salary is TOO high !!

  2. Aron Thompson February 16, 2019

    Fantastic question – right on, and write on…

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