House Speaker Kris Steele and House Minority Leader Scott Inman today issued the following joint statement on House Joint Resolution 1093, which passed the House, 87-1:
“We’re proud of our colleagues for standing up for what’s right and rejecting these raises. This is a fiscal matter at the end of the day, but it is also a matter of pure principle. Oklahoma has so many needs right now that must take precedence over these raises. Our judges and statewide elected officials work hard for the public every day, but now just isn’t the time to raise their salaries.” – House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, and House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City
HJR 1093 would block a six percent pay raise for judges and statewide elected officials that was approved last year by the Board on Judicial Compensation. Steele and Inman are the resolution’s principal co-authors in the House. The resolution now goes to the Senate for consideration.