DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper says a scheduled $33 daily pay hike for rural lawmakers is “the right thing to do,” even though it’s politically unpopular.

Hickenlooper says he’s sympathetic to the issue because the per diem daily increase would go to lawmakers who live furthest from the state Capitol. Hickenlooper made the comments Thursday during a luncheon with newspaper publishers and editors with the Colorado Press Association.

The per diem increase from $150 to $183 takes effect July 1 unless lawmakers pass legislation to delay it, like they did in 2010.

Lawmakers passed a bill without debate last week authorizing $189,420 for the per diem increase. The Pueblo Chieftain first reported on the bill’s approval, which some lawmakers see as bad timing because of tough budget times. The bill passed 34-28.

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  1. Gavin says:

    hockey i feel is more dangerous. you ahve a solid ubrber puck being shot at 50-100+ mph at someone and some players dont have face masks and the ice is hard and sharp skates and it dosent stop every 30 seconds like football does. and football players have alot more padding than hockey players ya that may hit pretty hard but so do hockey playersput a pro hockey team up against a pro football team and the hockey players will get knocked down alot maybe but they will be able to endure alot more than the football players

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