California Governor, Other Top Officials Get 3 Percent Raise

CBS Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A committee appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown voted Monday to give 3 percent raises and better benefits to the governor, top statewide elected officials and California lawmakers, the third consecutive annual pay increase after their salaries were cut during the recession.

Citing the need to undo the deep cuts in pay and benefits made during the recession, the Citizens Compensation Commission approved the salary increase on a 4-0 vote after less than an hour of discussion.

Commission members said California’s record revenues weren’t behind the increases.

“Salaries were cut so dramatically during the lean years, and we are still not close to parity,” commission member Nancy Miller said.

The vote boosts Brown’s pay to $179,220, up from $177,467. It is still well below the $212,179 in pay set for his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, although Schwarzenegger declined to accept the money.

Rank-and-file California lawmakers — who…

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