California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens' panel voted to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.
Gov. Jerry Brown's salary will increase to nearly $174,000, up from just over $165,000 but still below the high salary of $212,000 in 2008. The base pay of rank-and-file lawmakers will rise to $95,000 a year, although most lawmakers take home an additional $30,000 a year in per diem payments and many receive additional pay for being committee leaders.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday in favor of restoring the wages to 2011 levels, amounting to a raise of slightly more than 5 percent of current pay.