May 31 2012

California Commission Cuts Pay for California Elected Officials

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Chart of California elected official’s salaries

The California Citizens Compensation Commission did the deed and made the cuts.

Pay for California Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and all statewide officeholders will be cut by 5 percent from current levels, the state’s independent salary-setting commission decided today.

The seven-member California Citizens Compensation Commission, the majority of whom were appointed by former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, voted 5-1 for the pay cut at a morning meeting at Sacramento City Hall.

The panel, created by voter passage of Proposition 112 in 1990, is charged with setting compensation for the governor, legislators, and for all statewide officeholders from treasurer to controller to Board of Equalization members.

By law, the commission must take action by June 30 and its decisions take effect in December.

Commissioner Charles Murray had helped push the idea of a 5 percent pay cut for all officeholders, meant to save the state about $500,000 – only a tiny sliver of the state budget but symbolically significant to supporters.

As far as I am concerned, the commission blew it and should have cut their salary at least 10 per cent.

The California budget has a structural deficit for the foreseeable future as a direct result of the failure of these POLS to set appropriate priorities and budget properly.

They don’t deserve the salaries from the public treasury they now receive.

A ten to fifteen per cent reduction would have been the right thing to do.

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