SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A citizens' commission on Friday approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.
The increases to take effect next year are the second consecutive annual pay raises approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission. A year ago, commissioners voted to give raises of about 5 percent.
The decision will increase the pay of rank-and-file lawmakers, which at $95,291 is already the highest in the nation. Legislators also are eligible for a $163 daily cost-of-living allowance but do not get pensions.
During the recent recession, the commission cut lawmakers' pay by 18 percent and eliminated their state-owned vehicles.
|Position||Current Salary||New Salary|
|Secretary of State||$130,490||$133,100|
|Board of Equalization||$130,490||$133,100|
|Speaker of the Assembly||$109,584||$111,776|
|Senate Pres. Pro Tem||$109,584||$111,776|
|Minority Floor Leader||$109,584||$111,776|
|Majority Floor Leader||$102,437||$104,486|
|Junior Minority Leader||$102,437||$104,486|
|All Other Legislators||$95,291||$97,197|
"The fiscal health is much stronger," said commissioner Nancy Miller in supporting an increase.
Commissioners said it is appropriate to match 2 percent cost-of-living increases approved for state managers that will take effect when the new fiscal year starts next month. But they rejected proposals for 5 percent increases and a proposal that would have raised some lawmakers' salaries by as much as 8 percent.
The seven-member commission supported the increase on a 4-1 vote, with one seat vacant and one member absent.
The lone "no" vote was by Anthony Barkett, who said it's not clear that the economic recovery will continue or has reached all corners of the state.
The commissioners are appointed by the governor. Gov. Jerry Brown is currently paid about $174,000 a year, well below the $212,179 peak salary paid to former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 before the commission began cutting officials' compensation.
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