Chairman Peter Ross said the panel could not in good conscience consider raises while the state is facing a fiscal crunch. The vote by the five-member panel was unanimous.
The commission also recommended that it meet again at the end of 2009, three years ahead of schedule, to again consider possible raises.
The commission is required every four years to compare the salaries of the governor, state Cabinet officers, legislators and judges to their counterparts in nearby states and recommend competitive raises. By meeting again next year, commission members say they could make sure the salaries don't fall too far out of line with those in other states.