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Delaware's Cape Region TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 'THURSDAY, DECEMBER I5, 20tl tl N 26.2 OR BUST 146th GeneralAssembly resumes Jan. 10 boring states'. In its first report, issuedin 1985, the commission said the legislative, By Kara Nuzback much government officials should be executive and judicial branches of paid. Delaware government were top-notch, The General Assembly can reject the but pay was below par. In a few weeks, legislators will pick up recommendation only by joint resolution. According to the report, "Despite this where they left offJune 30. Among the is- Otherwise, the recommendation is auto- high quality of state government, it has sues still on the table is a bill that would matically adopted. HB 159 would change long been recognized that our public offi- change the way elected officials are paid, that procedure. It would repace Delaware cials are not being adequately compensat- which has been sitting in committee for Compensation Commission with ed." six months. House Bill I59 would take the Delaware Salary Survey Commission, The commission goes on to say salaries power to issue legislative raises away whose recommendations would be non- should be raised in order for Delaware to from the Delaware Compensation Corn- binding. Legislators who wanted a pay retain talented and dedicated officials. mission, raise would have to vote for it.Salaries for legislators in neighboring The commission meets every four states at the time were double the $13,440 years before its lan. 1 due date to hold The past being paid to Delaware legislators. Pay meetings and public hearings to evaluate The commission was established in hikes, some as high as 120 percent, were governIr/ nt salaries. The commission is- 1984 to make salaries for judges and elect- Continued on page 5 sues a report, which recommends how ed officials more competitive with neigh- Runners swarm Rehoboth during annual race P2s REHOBOTN RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S.DEUGHT Task force approves $45,000 State Park during weekend of beautiful weather hall studyP3,, CANCER CLUSTER Study under way; will look at 32 Millsboro residents P4 SCHOOL Rehoboth students surpri e:d soldier s visit P24 GARDEN & FARM Banana plants are attractive even without blooms P22 NDgI NICK ROTH PHOTO THE SUN SETS behind the Delaware Breakwater's East End Lighthouse at than 1,500 runners whO ran through the park in the Rehoboth Beach Cape Henlopen State Park Dec. 8, The weather was near perfect for more Seashore Mara{hon and Half Marathon Dec. 10. Classifieds :28 CommunitY Calendar 14 22 Health & Fitness 16 Obituaries 9 School & Education 24 Sports & Outdoors 25 Weather/Tides 39 "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."