Despite Budget Surplus, State Not Likely To Increase Officials’ Salaries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The commission that sets salaries for the governor, lawmakers and statewide elected officials indicated it is not inclined to raise their pay even if there is a budget surplus.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission took no formal action during its meeting Thursday. But its chairman, Thomas Dalzell, says he would be surprised if there are enough votes for a pay increase, even if the state is emerging from years of deficits.

Tax revenue is running nearly 9 percent above forecasts so far this year. That’s about $4.7 billion more than anticipated.

The commission is scheduled to reconvene in June to decide whether it will impose a pay cut, restore pay or maintain the status quo.

The governor is currently paid $165,288, while state lawmakers receive a base salary of $90,526.

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