Pay raise for CA lawmakers

Several years of shrinking salaries for California lawmakers ended Sunday, when a 5.3 percent raise that pushes legislators’ base pay from $90,526 to $95,291 kicked in.

It’s the first pay hike in more than six years for the state’s 120 legislators and 12 constitutional officers following repeated rounds of salary reductions approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission during the recession.

Critics of the salary cuts have said that inadequate pay deters talented people from running for state office. Others, though, contend that higher pay is not justified when so many people and businesses in the state continue to struggle financially.

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