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Governor and Lawmakers Receive Raises


The state’s Citizens Compensation Committee voted today to give lawmakers a fivepercent salary  increase. The commission had previously cut elected officials' pay by nearly 25 percent over the last four years.

Former State Senator Gary Hart testified at the meeting in favor of a raise: 

“Due to term limits, legislative service is a career interrupter for strong candidates. And if you don’t have an attractive and competitive salary we lose many capable candidates.” 

California legislators are among the highest  paid in the country.  They earn a base salary of more than $90,000, with an extra $25,000-to-$30,000 in per diem expense income.

The Governor currently makes more than $165,000 -down from $212,000 before the recession.

The pay increase goes into effect in December. It does not impact the state’s General Fund.



Katie Orr

Health Care Reporter

Katie Orr covers health policy for Capital Public Radio. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.  Read Full Bio