COLUMBUS—State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) today announced that he will double down on his pledge to donate his legislative pay increase back to the community. The controversial measure was included in last year’s 132-Senate Bill 296. The original intent of that legislation was to provide health benefits to survivors of safety officers. Becker voted NO on the legislative pay increase.

Representative Becker has been donating the net value of his pay increase to community organizations and has pledged to do so through at least the end of this year. His January and February donations, each totaling $154.69, went to the Cincinnati Nature Center in Clermont County and to Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors (Ohio C.O.P.S.), respectively. These donations are from his personal bank account. No public funds or campaign funds are being used for this purpose.

“After getting promoted to Chairman of the Federalism Committee in February, my March salary increased in part, due to last year’s controversial pay increase. The pay increase that we gave ourselves was the result of legislators shamelessly hiding 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,” said Representative Becker.

“For at least the remainder of this year, I will continue to donate my net monthly salary increase back to the community. My March donation of $313.73 reflects my chairmanship increase and went to the Goshen Township Bicentennial Committee in Clermont County,” Becker continued.

At every opportunity, Representative 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 132-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 an approximate $6,600 pay cut for legislators during calendar year 2019.

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