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.