Jerry Brown: State panel shouldn’t cut pay for California lawmakers

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

California has the highest-paid state lawmakers in the country, and Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it should stay that way.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets the salaries of elected officials, will meet today to decide on this year’s pay. Asked Wednesday if lawmakers deserve a raise, Brown dodged, saying no one should get a pay cut, according to the Sacramento Bee.

“I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “I certainly don’t think they should be reducing anybody’s.”

A survey released Monday by the commission found California legislators make the highest base pay of any state lawmakers in the country at $95,291. That’s after the commission cut their pay from $116,208 when the recession hit.

Brown’s salary of $173,987 makes him the sixth-highest paid lawmaker in the country, according to the survey.

The commission will have a vacant seat during its meeting today after Brown was forced to revoke appointments to the seven-member panel yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported. LeRoy Chatfield and Nora Vargas were appointed and then pulled because they are both prior state employees. Later in the day, Brown appointed Sacramento lawyer Nancy C. Miller to one of the vacant seats.

California is $28 billion in debt and has been running almost yearly budget deficits since 2000, as The Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll has previously reported.

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