Oklahoma state Capitol briefs

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs
Published: March 17, 2012
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CAPITOL BRIEFS

Lawmaker seeks lower salaries

Rep. Jason Murphey said Friday that legislators in Oklahoma, who are among the highest paid part-time lawmakers in the U.S., should be paid less. He said Oklahoma's lawmakers make more than double the regional average. To illustrate his point, Murphey, R-Guthrie, donated $8,242, the difference between annual legislative pay and the per capita pay in Oklahoma at the time of his 2006 election, to Crossroads, An Open Door for Life Choices Inc. The Guthrie nonprofit provides faith-based, anti-abortion counseling and support to expectant mothers. Murphey said he will continue to make his annual donation, something he's done since being elected to the Legislature, until legislative salaries are adjusted. “In order to reform government, we must cut out wasteful state government spending,” Murphey said. “I hope most would agree that it is not a good principle to pay legislators more than double the regional average.”

Fallin travels

to Puerto Rico

Gov. Mary Fallin and her family are spending the next few days on vacation in Puerto Rico, the governor's office said Friday. She and her husband, Wade Christensen, and some of their children made the trip. They will return Thursday. The governor and her family flew on commercial flights, which they paid for themselves, the governor's office said.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU