State Rep., Former NK Firefighter Refuses Salary

Guthrie, a Coventry resident is the only member of the General Assembly who goes without the salary.


While numerous members of the General Assembly turned down a pay raise this year, one state representative is turning down his legislator's salary completely. According to RI Future, Representative Scott Guthrie (D-Dist. 28, Coventry), who has served in the House since 2008 turned down his $13,962 State House stipend entirely.

Guthrie, a retired North Kingstown firefighter, has sponsored multiple bills during the last three sessions that, if passed, would have raised taxes for Rhode Island’s richest residents. He declined to comment to RI Future's Bob Plain as to why he does not take the pay.

Along with Guthrie, 18 additional state legislators forgo the position's health insurance, including North Kingstown legislators Rep. Doreen Costa and Senator James Sheehan Click here for a full list of legislators who decline state health insurance and "waiver bonuses".

Concerned Resident August 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Once again I am appreciative of your dialog almost wishing I could enjoy a beer with you allowing us to continue this debate but alas I cannot. Have a great night.
Rich August 03, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Pay is absolutely part of the equation. However, it's not OT pay that is the issue as you suggest. These guys are working gobs of OT, they don't want it! Minimum manning is always tossed out at us like it's nothing but a scheme to get overtime. I won't deny that overtime results but here we have minnimum manning negatively impacting firefighters. These guys are being forced to work 60,70,80 hours a week. They literally can not leave work on pain of losing their job. Imagine working 48hrs straight and having a family at home who needs you for all the things a family needs a father and husband for. Then your boss calls and say, CR, I know the Mrs and the kids need you but I have to order you to stay at work for another 24hrs because of minimum manning, we need a guy to drive the truck tonight and you are it. Imagine that phone call to your wife and your kids begging you not to miss another ball game. Still, none of these men are calling for a reduction in minimum manning. Minimum manning ensures there are enough people to actually fight a fire. NK is already way below national standards. There is no fat to cut. These guys know if they don't stay, they lose their jobs and the citizens go unprotected. They don't want the OT. They want to go home and they still aren't calling for a reduction in minnimum manning. It's not about OT. It's about having enough people on duty to be able to actually get the job done and NK is as bare bones as it gets, my friend.
Concerned Resident August 03, 2012 at 11:57 AM
It is comments such as this that give me pause to wonder to who you really are and your true intentions. I'm truly suspect AND as I learned long ,the truth does and will eventually come out. It will not surprise me to see that you will chime in on any and all similar "NK" blogs. I suggest you look back at other similar blog comments to find where your comments are becoming weak. For now I do not wish to engage or be manipulated in your PR or propaganda efforts. As they say, you can fool some of the residents some of the time but you can't fool all the residents all the time. By the way, in referencing your comment of “there’s no fat to cut” - the same that is continually evaluated in the private sector and real world. You apparently just don't get it.
Rich August 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
As I said in the other thread, you appear in all the same threads as me. So if im suspect as being employed to comment here, so are you. Also, engaging you in a 200 comment thread would be jus about the most inefficient way for a PR to operate. Haha!! Why are you skirting my questions now? How would you feel to be the firefighter I described who received the order to stay at work and has to tell his family? This isn't dramatics, this is happening daily to these guys. Why do you continue to defend this town councils action when you yourself have conceded that the long shifts are unacceptable?
Rich August 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
As for the fat to cut comment: there are already 30 less firefighters staffing trucks that were inherently undermanned in the first place.


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