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California Lawmakers Celebrating Holidays With Pay Raise

David Sawyer, flickr
 

David Sawyer, flickr

California legislators and Constitutional officers are getting a five percent pay increase. Lawmaker pay has been cut or remained stagnate since 2007. 11 legislators have declined the raise.

Mark Baldassare is president of the Public Policy Institute of California. He said Californians may be concerned that lawmaker pay has gone down, but said the increase may still raise questions.

“Many Californians experienced tough economic times themselves over the last few years," he said. "They’ve, perhaps, gone without pay raises or gone through periods of economic insecurity.”

With the raise the governor will now make about 174 thousand a year, while legislators will get about $95 thousand. They are the highest paid in the country.

Checks with the salary increase will be issued at the end of the month.

 

 

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. 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