Insurance commissioner suggests state leaders cut pay

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine's calling on the governor and lieutenant governor to volunteer for a pay cut.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Oxendine noted that thousands of state workers could be furloughed as the state deals with a budget shortfall, and other residents are losing their jobs, so some state leaders ought to voluntarily cut their pay.

Oxendine said he took a 5 percent pay cut last fall, and Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other constitutional officers could do the same to "set the standard in this economy."

In a press release, Oxendine said: “We may be in for one or two rough years with the state budget and now is the time to lead.... In these difficult economic times we all have to do our part. The least we can expect from the leaders of our state is to reduce their own taxpayer-funded incomes.”