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Strickland says legislation could have saved $7 million per year

Posted: April 28, 2009 4:54 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 5:45 p.m.
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Bill 685, authored by State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) which could have saved California $7,177,442 per year by suspending salaries of specific State Boards and Commissioners who make more than $100,000 for one or two meetings per month, failed in the Senate Government Organization Committee 5 to 5.

"These board members and commissioners make more than two-and-a-half teachers, firefighters, and police officers who show up to work every day," Strickland said. "It is irresponsible for our government to be handing out massive paychecks to board members and commissioners while teachers are being laid off and government employees are being furloughed."

California is in the midst of a severe budget crisis and is facing prospects of another multi-billion budget shortfall next fiscal year.

SB 685 would have suspended the $100,000 salaries of the members serving on specific State Boards and Commissions for three consecutive fiscal years, beginning with the 2010-11. SB 685 would have allowed State Board or Commission members to receive a $100 daily pre-diem allowance during those fiscal years in which their salaries were suspended.

Currently, many important boards and commissions like Little Hoover Commission and the State Allocation Board earn $100 daily for their work.

"It's irresponsible to raise taxes on hard working Californians and to tell them that state spending has already been cut to the bone," Strickland continued. "When we are handing out $100,000 salaries to boards and commissioners who meet once or twice a month, this should be the first thing on the chopping block."

With unemployment at 11.5 percent, Strickland said legislators should be looking for solutions to save the state money by passing legislation like SB 685.

Reconsideration for the bill has been granted.


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