Lawmakers & other Elected Officials Get 2% Salary Raise

Lawmakers & other Elected Officials Get 2% Salary Raise

Pointing to an improvement in California’s fiscal condition, a panel that sets salaries for elected officials on Friday approved a pay rise for the state’s lawmakers.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission yesterday voted 4-1 to enact a pay rise of 2 per cent for Governor Jerry Brown, lawmakers and other elected officials.

The decision will hike lawmakers’ annual salaries by $1,906, from $95,291 to $97,197. Gov. Jerry Brown will enjoy a hike of $3,480 in his annual salary, to $177,467 per annum. The hike will take effect from December 1, 2014.

After suffering budget deficits for many years, California is all set to enjoy a surplus this year. That is why the state lawmakers managed to pass an on-time budget without any major friction.

Corporate Executive & Compensation Expert Scott Somers said, “It would be hard to argue, I believe, that the state is not better off financially today than it was a few years ago. If they get tarred when times are tough, they ought to at least get some credit when things are improving.”

As the increase will not take effect until December, suspended Democratic state Sen. Ron Calderon and Sen. Leland Yee will not be able to enjoy the increase. Both senators were forced from office by term limits at the end of current year.

California lawmakers are the best-paid state legislators in the United States. Despite reduction in salaries twice during the recession, California lawmakers remained the top paid state legislators in the country. With annual paychecks of $83,801 each, Pennsylvania legislators are the second-best-paid state legislators in the country.

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