Finally, Some Fiscal Responsibility in California!
But the six commissioners took a look at officials whose salaries they have jurisdiction over through a vote of the people in the passage of Prop. 112 in 1989, and they didn't like what they saw. Here are those salaries (source):
|Elected Officials||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|Secretary of State||$13,261.17||$159,134|
|Superintendent of Public Instruction||$15,358.43||$184,301|
|Members, Board of Equalization||$13,261.17||$159,134|
|Speaker of the Assembly||$11,136.56||$133,639|
|President Pro Tem of the Senate||$11,136.56||$133,639|
|Minority Floor Leader||$11,136.56||$133,639|
|Majority Floor Leader||$10,410.29||$124,923|
|Second Ranking Minority Leader||$10,410.29||$124,923|
|All Other Legislators||$9,684.01||$116,208|
Today, they said, "No more!" and voted against raising any of these salaries. Here's a bit of the SacBee report:
Not only that, but two members of the committee asked for an opinion on whether they have the authority to cut salaries. The decision, presumably to be rendered by the $184,301 a year Attorney General Moonbeam, will be coming along shortly.
"We have a deficit of $7 billion" that news reports say will double by this summer, [Charles] Murray, of San Marino, said during the short meeting. "Everybody has to take a cut."
[Kathy] Sands, a retired banker and former mayor of Auburn, said a vote to reduce top government officials' salaries would send a message about their performance.
"We don't have a budget and they're not working any overtime to get it done," she said. "People have said that to me. They're not doing their job."
There are two labor representatives on the six-person commission. So guess: How many votes there were against freezing the salaries? That's right. Two.