The California Citizens Compensation Commission approved a legislative pay raise in May that went into effect this week - boosting salaries 12% to $110,880/year.
Predictably, the Chronicle's Matier & Ross wonder why legislators need a raise when they are already among the highest paid in the country. Nevermind that Compensation Comissioner Tom Dominguez (my cousin - no, not really, just kidding. Though, who knows, maybe if you go back far enough he and I are rightful heirs to one helluva piece of property in Los Angeles) explained the reasoning a few paragraphs earlier. Dominguez said - and this Dominguez agrees - that he doesn't think the Legislature "should be exclusive to just the rich and famous." The goal was to encourage "qualified, regular people" to seek public office.
California members make more than their counterparts in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, or Massachusetts. I can't say for certain they all have full-time legislatures, but I know for certain they aren't all as big as California nor is the cost of living in each of those states as high as it is here. And for some of them, there's less state to traverse to get to work.
But nevermind that, why should Matier & Ross get bogged down in, like, rational comparisons. F the greedy bastards who are required to set up two households, kiss off most family time for 6 years or so and risk marriages and large amounts of protected defamation just to represent us in Sacramento.
Who the hell do they think they are.