California lawmakers highest paid in U.S.

March 29, 2010

California state lawmakers remain the highest paid in the nation, by far, despite an 18 percent pay cut last year. [Los Angeles Times]

The current $95,291 salary paid in Sacramento is far higher than the $79,650 paid to their counterparts in Michigan, or the $79,500 in New York.

The survey was conducted by the California Citizens Compensation Commission. The group is scheduled to meet April 22 to consider reducing state Legislature salaries even further, down to $85,762.

Federal statistics show that the cost of living is higher in California than in other states. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger does not accept his annual salary of $173,987, the highest paid to any governor in the nation.


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4 Comments

  1. willie says:

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.

    The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise..

    In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States “.

    (10) 10 Total Votes - 10 up - 0 down
  2. Robert1 says:

    Can’t think of his name but new democRAT gay fellow who is also Hispanic took a new position 2 weeks ago in the State Capital gave out raises the first day to 10 of his employees.One of them received almost $50k or $60k instantly on top of her $100k salary.
    The demos and unions have driven this state into bankruptcy,and we will pay for it for decades.

    (-1) 13 Total Votes - 6 up - 7 down
  3. Cindy says:

    “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger does not accept his annual salary of $173,987”
    Doesn’t that just sound so noble.
    Lets say it again..
    “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger does not accept his annual salary of $173,987”
    Is that because he knows he doesn’t deserve it or because it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what his position has garnered through all the hand shaking tactics, or maybe it’s both? It sounds good though, doesn’t it?

    (-11) 19 Total Votes - 4 up - 15 down
    • mkaney says:

      I don’t know why so many marked you down Cindy, but you’re right on. It’s sad that even the “sacrifices” that are made by politicans are Hollywood. Are people really this gullible?

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