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Panel Approves Pay Raises For California Lawmakers, Governor

(AP) - An appointed citizen panel has approved 4 percent pay raises for Gov. Jerry Brown and other top elected California officials.

The Citizen Compensation Commission approved the salary and benefit increases on a 4-0 vote after less than an hour of discussion Wednesday.

Commission Chairman Thomas Dalzell says even with the increase, lawmakers' salaries are still less than they were before the start of the recession. The panel voted to cut pay by about 18 percent at the start of the recession and has since voted for smaller increases for four years in a row.

Brown's pay will rise to about $190,000 from about $183,000 now.

Rank-and-file California lawmakers will now make salaries of a little more than $104,000. They can reject the raises if they choose.


Here are the new salaries:

Governor $190,102

Lieutenant Governor $142,576

Attorney General $165,126

Controller $152,081

Treasurer $152,081

Secretary of State $142,576

Superintendent of Public Instruction $165,126

Insurance Commissioner $152,081

Member, Board of Equalization $142,576

Members, State Legislature $104,117

Assembly Speaker/Senate President Pro Tem $119,734

Minority Floor Leader $119,734

Majority Floor Leader $111,925

Second Ranking Minority Leader $111,925