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The next governor of Utah likely will receive a 38 percent pay hike, under a bill passed Thursday.
The Senate voted 25-2 to pass HB368, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. It would raise the pay of the governor from the current $109,000 to $150,000. It would take effect on Jan. 1, 2017 after the next gubernatorial election.
The bill also would raise the salaries of the attorney general, lieutenant governor, auditor and treasurer. They all currently make $104,400. The bill would increase the salary of the attorney general to $142,500. Pay for the others would rise to $135,000.
Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said those state leaders have had no significant raise since 2001, despite recommendations for raises from an independent salary commission.
He said if the governor had received raises in that time that matched inflation since 2001, the governor would be making the proposed $150,000 now.