Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 | 11:09 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Freshman state Sen. Mark Hutchison of Las Vegas says he will propose lawmakers give up their daily pay of about $150 and that the money go to fund public schools.
The proposed bill “sends the right signal to the public,” said Hutchison, a Republican who said during his campaign that Nevadans are looking for public servants and not public employees to serve in the Legislature.
Senate Majority Leader Moises Denis called Hutchison’s proposal a “gimmick” and said lawmakers should be talking about real solutions to increasing money for public schools.
Denis said that while he is sure Hutchison is financially “well off,” other lawmakers, who must take time away from their regular jobs, need the pay to pay their bills and support families back home.