NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of the Republican candidates for Rhode Island governor is calling on state lawmakers to decline an automatic pay increase.

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Allan Fung on Tuesday urged members of the part-time General Assembly to turn down the cost-of-living hike.

The Providence Journal reports members' pay went up 1.5 percent to $15,172 as of Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year. The state constitution provides for annual adjustments based on the consumer price index.

Fung says Rhode Island residents are being squeezed by higher fees, including for vehicle inspections. He says most residents are footing the bill for lawmakers' pay raise while not getting one themselves.

Some legislators have declined the automatic increase in the past.