Assembly Looks to Its Own Budget For Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 14, 2008

Hiring, travel, even the office supplies… All those things are being looked at to trim expenses in the state Assembly.  Speaker Fabian Nunez has said there will be ten percent reductions in the lower house’s expenditures, in line with those called for by the Governor across state departments. 

 Nunez’s spokesman Steve Maviglio says they’re starting with this year’s budget and are looking for savings in several areas. 

 “We’ll be probably implementing a hiring freeze, I don’t think there will be any increases in salaries we’re reducing our travel significantly, the number of out-of-town hearings that are held by members will be reduced …”

There are around 13-hundred staffers employed in the Assembly—Maviglio says looking to cut their salaries would be a last resort.   A spokeswoman for Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata says they are still looking at options—nothing has been determined yet.