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10/16/2008
Representative Lavelle refuses pay increase. Donates $10,000 to charity in last 4 years. Calls for reform to Compensation Commission.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2008

Contact:
Delaware State Representative Greg Lavelle
302-478-6128 (home) or 302-584-6190 (cell)
greg.lavelle@state.de.us

Delaware State Representative Greg Lavelle today again expressed his commitment to reforming Delaware’s Compensation Commission (DCC).

The DCC meets every four years and its recommended pay raises for legislators, state-wide elected offices, cabinet secretaries and others go into effect without a vote unless the raises are affirmatively and completely rejected by the Delaware General Assembly. In most years, Delaware legislators have received pay increases along with other state employees. In the 2008 budget passed in June, no pay increases were included for state employees.

“I believe that the pay increase we received in 2005 was improper, due to the nature of the DCC. I promised then to give the money to charity and I have stood by that promise for the last four years. I will continue to give this money away as long as I am in office,” said Lavelle.

Representative Lavelle indicated that the total amount he has given away since 2005 is in excess of $10,000.00. This amount does not include other charitable contributions that he makes.

“The DCC is scheduled to meet very soon and the report will be considered by the General Assembly in January. We are faced with significant challenges to our budget and some people are even talking about tax increases. We face serious challenges and numerous complex issues that will be difficult to solve. This does not need to be one of them. Providing fair and common sense reform in this area is not as difficult as some make it out to be,” said Representative Lavelle.

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