Commission Deadlocks On Lawmaker Pay

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

An independent commission that sets state elected officials salaries has narrowly rejected a pay cut for lawmakers.  But, afterwards Governor Schwarzenegger announced his support for the cuts and appointed new members to the commission.  And that could change everything.   
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports…

When the California Citizens Compensation Commission met in Sacramento early Wednesday it had only four members.  Three members supported a ten-percent cut…but the measure failed because a fourth preferred a five-percent cut.   
Commission member Kathy Sands supported the bigger cut… 
“I think everyone needs to share in this fiscal problem that we have and I think they need to be accountable and share it along with everybody else…”
A few hours after the vote, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed three new members to fill vacant spots on the commission.  He said reducing pay for California officials is the right move.  The commission is expected to meet again before July to reconsider the plan and the new members could change the outcome of the vote.
If approved, the pay cut would affect lawmakers elected in 2010.