LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan state lawmaker says the 10 percent pay cuts scheduled to go in effect for members of the House and Senate in 2011 don't go far enough or come fast enough.
Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat from East Lansing, on Friday asked a state commission that reviews elected officials' compensation to consider suggesting further cuts.
Whitmer is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for attorney general in 2010. That's one of the many elected positions that will take a pay cut in 2011.
Michigan lawmakers now earning about $79,650 a year will make nearly $8,000 less.
Whitmer doesn't specify what the additional pay cut should be. She says pay should be reduced if lawmakers miss session or if school funding is cut in midyear.
She says benefits should be reduced.