The practice of linking the salaries of other officials to that of judges has been debated throughout the country. In 2015, it was abandoned in Oklahoma and adopted in Colorado. Indiana may be extending its existing linkage between judicial-and-state-legislative salaries to include executive branch officials as well.
Under SB 60 of 2017 as introduced the link would start in 2021:
- Governor of Indiana’s salary = 100% of salary paid by the state under IC 33-38-5-6 to a Circuit Court Judge of Marion County.
- Lt. Gov., Secretary of State, Auditor of State, Treasurer of State, Attorney General, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction = 85% of salary paid by the state to a Circuit Court Judge of Marion County.
The plan is similar to the system in place for state legislators. A law passed in 2007 (SB 401) makes legislative salaries equal to 18% of a trial judge’s salary under IC 33-38-5-6, as adjusted under IC 33-38-5-8.1.
SB 60 has been filed in the Senate Civil Law Committee.