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California lawmakers, state elected officials getting raise

California lawmakers, state elected officials getting raise
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers and statewide elected officials will have a little extra cash in their pockets this holiday season, as their paychecks rise by more than 5 percent starting Sunday.

The state Citizens Compensation Commission approved the increases in June, adding nearly $5,000 a year for rank-and-file members of the Legislature and nearly $9,000 for Gov. Jerry Brown.

That brings Brown's salary to nearly $174,000, still short of the governor's office 2009 salary of $212,000. The raises were meant to restore some of the pay cuts made during the recession.

Even after the previous cuts, California lawmakers remained the highest paid in the nation. Yet unlike their peers in some other states, they do not receive pensions.

Legislatures in many other states also meet part-time or every other year.

Position, followed by old salary and new salary

Governor
$165,288
$173,987

Lieutenant governor
$123,965
$130,490

Attorney general
$143,571
$151,127

Secretary of state
$123,965
$130,490

Controller
$132,230
$139,189

Treasurer
$132,230
$139,189

Superintendent of public instruction
$143,571
$151,127

Insurance commissioner
$132,230
$139,189

Board of Equalization members
$123,965
$130,490

Speaker of the Assembly
$104,105
$109,584

President pro tem of the Senate
$104,105
$109,584

Minority floor leader
$104,105
$109,584

Majority floor leader
$97,315
$102,437

Second ranking minority leader
$97,315
$102,437

All other lawmakers
$90,526
$95,291

Source: Citizens Compensation Commission.

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