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As lawmakers' salaries near $50K, some question need for full-time Legislature

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The current president of the Wisconsin Senate made $200 a month when he was first elected in 1956.

In January, Madison Democrat Fred Risser and his colleagues will get just under $50,000 a year.

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That's 5.3 percent more than the last legislative pay raise almost two years ago. The current salary of $47,000-plus is the ninth-highest in the country, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

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