By Eric Dietrich
Montana Free Press 

Governor nixes pay bump for Montana legislators

Supporters had argued increasing lawmaker pay from $16 to $24 an hour would make it easier for Montanans who aren't retired or independently wealthy to serve.


Last updated 5/16/2023 at 5:17pm

Samuel Wilson / Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Gov. Greg Gianforte gives his State of the State address in the state House chamber on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

Gov. Greg Gianforte has vetoed a bill raising the wages paid Montana legislators, arguing the proposed increase - from about $16 to $24 an hour starting in 2025 on top of already-approved per-diem increases - was disproportionate to increases the Legislature had authorized for state employees.

"As has been the case since before our nation's founding, public service comes with personal sacrifi...

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