Two GOP Lawmakers who voted for Schwarzenegger’s budget are rewarded with appointments

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger has appointed to key posts two former Assemblymembers who voted for tax increases as part of the 2009 budget.

Former Assemblyman Anthony Adams was appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings -- a job that pays more than $111,000 a year. Former Assemblyman Mike Villines was appointed to a $40,000-a-year job on the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

Villines was the Assembly Republican leader in 2009, supporting the budget that included billions in temporary tax increases. Villines lost his leadership post as a result of that vote and was defeated in the race for state insurance commissioner last month.

Adams also voted for the 2009 budget and faced a recall attempt from conservatives in his district. That effort failed to qualify for the ballot, but Adams opted not to seek reelection.


-- Anthony York in Sacramento