City Council members' status as part-time legislators, which allows them to earn as much as they can from outside jobs in addition to their six-figure government salaries, could soon be on the chopping block.
The council is beginning talks this week to determine whether its members should be considered full-time representatives restricted from holding outside jobs.
Council Members May Face Limits on Outside Income
The talks also will focus on the use of council stipends, which add thousands of dollars to council members' $112,500 base salary for leadership positions and for heading committees. Only a handful of council members miss out on the stipends.
Civic groups have criticized the council for the hefty stipends, which are considered tools the speaker of the council can use to reward political loyalty and stamp out dissent. A mayoral commission studying pay for elected officials found in 2006 that the council's stipend system was "ripe for reform."