The Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers rejected a proposed ballot measure that would have asked voters to increase lawmakers’ salaries to $30,000 from $24,000.

Commission member Joseph A. Kanefield, a Ballard Spahr partner, said that even though he doubted that voters would approve a pay raise, he supported referring the proposal to the ballot because legislators are underpaid. “I don’t see my job as a commissioner to necessarily predict what the voters will do,” he said. “I always would prefer to err on the side of letting the voters decide the question.”