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California governor, Legislature are now highest paid in nation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, from left, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendón (D-Paramount) at the Capitol in Sacramento in March. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
California Gov. Jerry Brown, from left, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendón (D-Paramount) at the Capitol in Sacramento in March. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown, state legislators and other state elected officials received a 4% pay raise Monday, months after a citizens panel approved the increase citing California’s improved economy and healthy state budget.

Brown’s salary jumped from $182,789 to $190,100, making him the highest-paid governor in the country. The governor's salary in Pennsylvania is $723 higher than Brown's new paycheck, but Gov. Tom Wolf does not accept the salary.

California legislators already received the highest base salary in the country, but on Monday saw their pay increase from $100,111 to $104,115.

The Assembly speaker and Senate president pro tem will receive a salary of $119,734.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) notified the state controller that he will not accept the raise. “Many Californians have not received pay raises this year so he just doesn’t feel it would be right to accept one,” said George Anderson, his chief-of-staff.

Bigger paychecks will also be delivered to the attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, controller, treasurer, insurance commissioner, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and four members of the State Board of Equalization.

The attorney general salary is $165,126, so it will be a pay cut for Xavier Becerra, who earns a $174,000 base salary as a member of Congress. 

 

Updated, 12:08 p.m.: This item was updated with a statement from Lackey's chief of staff.

This item was originally published at 11:11 a.m.

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