On June 8, the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) unanimously approved wage increases for Gavin Newsom (D) and state lawmakers.
The commission, appointed by the governor, voted 4-0 to approve a 4.2 percent increase for Newsom and state legislators, The Los Angeles Times.
Other government officials have already received higher increases. According to CCCC Chairman Tom Dalzell, the increases for legislators and the governor will take effect in December.
“With every other government employee getting money, I do not know what the reason is for not giving it,” Dalzell told the LA Times. ‘Either way, California is doing very well in terms of vaccination and infection. The economy is moving backwards. ”
The legislators of the Golden State were already the highest paid in the country before the increase. After the march, state lawmakers receive $ 119,700 a year. Newsom’s salary rose to $ 218,500.
In addition to 132 state legislatures, the latest salary increases also apply to the Attorney General, Lieutenant-Governor, Treasurer and members of the Council on Equality.
Civil servants can voluntarily request a pay cut and several, including Newsom, did so last year.
CCCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The commission was set up by voters in 1990 to determine salaries for elected state officials. The commission’s rules were amended in 2009 to prevent it from making salary increases during the budget deficit years. The CCCC did not approve increases in 2020 when the state ran a deficit.
Amid a campaign to recall him from the governors’ seat, Newsom unleashed a spate of new spending after the state budget was blessed with a $ 76 billion surplus and $ 27 billion in federal pandemic assistance. He traversed the state to promote the new programs, including $ 1100 for millions of low- and middle-income people who struggled during lockdown and $ 2.7 billion to pay for all four-year-olds in the state to attend free kindergarten.
Newsom’s budget, released last month, reviewed a long wish list of the progressive base, including $ 7.2 billion to pay off people’s outstanding rent and utility bills and $ 300 million to drive traffic and other fines to residents with to forgive a lower income. There was also $ 35 million to encourage local universal basic income programs and money to provide Medicaid benefits to illegal aliens over the age of 60.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.