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State Panel Approves 2 Percent Raise For Elected Officials

An Arkansas panel Tuesday approved a 2 percent raise for the state’s top elected officials but excluded the lieutenant governor after he said he didn’t want the bump in pay.

The Independent Citizens Commission voted 4-0 to the raise the salaries of the state’s other constitutional officers, legislators, judges and prosecutors. It will take effect in 10 days.

Secretary of State Mark Martin this week said he opposed the salary increase, but unlike Griffin, he didn’t send the panel a letter formally objecting to the raise. His office said Martin will refuse the additional money and instead donate it toward the purchase of new elections equipment.

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