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California lawmakers hand out pay raises amid cuts

Posted: July 20, 2012 12:15 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 12:15 p.m.
 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than 1,000 employees of the state Legislature in the last year, even as they made deep budget cuts and cut pay for other state workers.

Newly released documents, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, show the raises included some up to 10 percent for top staffers.

A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, says the merit increases came after several years of pay freezes and some cuts. Rhys Williams says the cost of living has risen much faster than legislative pay over the last five years.

News of the raises also comes as Democrats promote Gov. Jerry Brown's November initiative to raise income taxes on high earners and sales taxes.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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