Regional Legislative Pay
Oklahoma $38,400 per year
Missouri $35,914 per year
Colorado $30,000 per year
Arkansas $14,067 per year
Texas $7,200 per year
New Mexico $0 per year
One of Representative Murphey's first pieces of legislation was aimed at enacting spending cuts in legislative pay. Representative Murphey is a leader in the fight for cutting state spending and he feels that the legislature should set the example.
Oklahoma has the one of the highest part time paid legislatures in the nation and at 38,400 per yer Oklahoma legislative salaries are more than two times the average legislative salary in Oklahoma's 7 state region which average at 14,989.
Murphey's legislation when introduced in 2007 would have indexed legislative salaries in Oklahoma to the per capita income of the average Oklahoman. This would have saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars per year by cutting legislative salaries from 38,400 to just under 30,000. This would also provide true incentive for Legislators to enact pro-growth policies such as the elimination of the state's income tax. With economic growth the average Oklahoman will make more money as would the elected leaders who are responsible for this growth.
Each year since taking office in 2007, Murphey has has donated the difference in his legislative salary and the per capita average of the working Oklahoman at the time he took office to a Guthrie area crisis pregnancy center in order to demonstrate that Oklahoma legislators should not be paid more than those from surrounding states.