According to our sources, CA legislators will be enjoying a 12% pay raise soon. The Reep Caucus discussed it today.
Oops, Chron has the story, too. So this isn't the scoop it'd have been had I been home to get the scoop-mail when it was sent. Oh well. I say go for it. Legislators are hardly overpaid. And though they get plenty of perks, they aren't really the kind of perks opposition hit pieces would have you believe. Oh - and no one start advocating tying legislator pay to timely budget passage. None of that, kids.
P.S. Local news coverage quotes Schwarzenegger Chief of Staff Pat Cleary as delivering the Governor's [predictable] criticism on how during a bad budget year, blah blah, negative message to voters, blah, legislators evil, blah, greedy blah blah [that's just paraphrasing, of course]. Does $110k and change sound like a lot? Yes. But - most Legislators must maintain two households - that alone is hard to do in California's real estate climate. Term limits, supposedly, gave us a more citizen legislature, meaning these are people who have stepped out of their normal career paths to serve the public good. It's an expensive job - if you want only the very rich to represent you, make it a low paying job too.
And salary critiques from Governor Schwarzenegger ring a bit hollow, don't they? What net value did he provide Californians that earned him his millions? His initial earnings came from downing performance-enhancers and lifting heavy objects.