California’s Governor and State Legislators will get a 4% Pay Raise
Late last month, a state panel voted in favor of raising the pay for Gov. Gavin Newsom, legislators, and other elected officials by four percent. The state Citizens Compensation Commission approved the increase in pay and justified it by citied the booming economy in the state and its big budget surplus. The pay for legislators will increase to $114,877 and Gov. Newsom’s pay will increase to $209,747 on Dec. 2 of this year. The state attorney general, treasurer, controller, insurance commissioner and other statewide officials will also be receiving the four percent raise. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, stated the following regarding the pay levels,
California still has the highest-paid legislature in the nation. They have highly paid politicians in a very dysfunctional state. Quite frankly, I would say the economic health of California is in spite of policy decisions by state officials, not because of them.
The state Citizens Compensation Commission is appointed by the governor and it is required to meet annually to set the pay of elected officials. The commission was approved by California voters when they passed Proposition 112 in 1990, which took away the salary setting powers away from the Legislature. This is the commission’s seventh year in a row that it approved raises, and this raise follows a three percent increases from last year and the year before that. The last time salaries were cut was a decade ago during the recession. We will have to wait until next year to find out if the commission will raise the pay again.