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Governor, Many State Officials Skip Pay Increases to Balance Budget

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Citizen's Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials says the governor and most statewide elected officials won't get a pay raise this year, but judges will see a salary hike.

A spokeswoman for Washington Governor. Jay Inslee says the freeze in salaries comes as lawmakers are trying to balance the state budget.

The commission says Inslee's annual paycheck remains at nearly $167,000, with no pay raises in store this year for the secretary of state, auditor, attorney general, insurance commissioner or state lawmakers.

The commission says supreme court justices and judges in appeals, superior and district courts, as well as lieutenant governor, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are all getting raises.  The changes go into effect September 1st.