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Panel Approves 2 Percent Pay Raise For California Lawmakers, Officials

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California Governor Jerry Brown (C) is applauded by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California. One month after taking office, Gov. Brown delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the California State legislature. (Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown (C) is applauded by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California. One month after taking office, Gov. Brown delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the California State legislature. (Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A citizens’ commission has approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.

The increase approved Friday is the second consecutive annual pay raise.

A year ago, the California Citizens Compensation Commission voted to give raises of about 5 percent.

That decision will increase the pay of rank-and-file lawmakers, which at $95,291 are already the highest in the nation. Legislators also are eligible for a $163 daily cost-of-living allowance, but do not get pensions.

During the recession, the commission cut lawmakers’ pay by 18 percent and eliminated their state-owned vehicles. Now the state’s finances are improving.

The commissioners are appointed by the governor, who currently is paid nearly $174,000 a year.

The commission supported the increase on a 4-1 vote.

 

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