Rep. Becker Pledges To Return Controversial Pay Increase To Community
Challenges all Members of the Ohio House & Senate who voted for it to do the same
January 18, 2019
 
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COLUMBUS—State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) today announced that he will donate his legislative pay increase included in the recently-passed Senate Bill 296, legislation providing health benefits to survivors of safety officers, back to the community.


“In order to give elected officials a pay increase, legislators shamelessly hid behind the widows and orphans of deceased police and firefighters who died in the line of duty. The General Assembly then had the further audacity to make it an emergency measure so that it could go into effect on January 1, 2019. I voted no,” said Rep. Becker. Becker continued, “For at least the next 12 months, I will donate the net monthly increase of $154.69 back to the community. My January donation will go to the Cincinnati Nature Center in Union Township, Clermont County.”


At every opportunity, Rep. Becker has voted no to pay increases for the Ohio General Assembly. “I think such changes to legislators’ pay increases should be done with statistical analysis in an open and transparent manner, rather than waiting until after the election and convening a gutless, late-night, lame duck vote with no reasonable opportunity for public input on the provision.”


Becker went on to describe his thoughts on a better process: “Once the research is complete, draft a bill based on the findings. Hold multiple public hearings, work it through the committee process, and have a robust floor debate before the vote. If the legislation receives favorable consideration from the House, Senate and Governor, the people have the option for a referendum and/or to express their approval or disapproval on election day.”


Last year, Rep. Becker authored House Bill 649, known as the Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL). It would have tied General Assembly salaries to Ohio’s median household income and tied salaries to the Consumer Price Index. That would have meant a $6,600 pay cut for legislators during calendar year 2019.


The roll call of votes on SB 296 and the bill’s path through the legislature can be found on the

 
 
 
  
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Rep. Becker Pledges To Return Controversial Pay Increase To Community

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) today announced that he will donate his legislative pay increase included in the recently-passed Senate Bill 296, legislation providing health benefits to survivors of safety officers, back to the community.



 
 

John Becker Sworn In As State Representative Of The 65th House District

 
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State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township – Clermont Co.) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 65th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northwest Clermont County.