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For the First Time in 6 Years, State Lawmakers Get Raises

For the First Time in 6 Years, State Lawmakers Get Raises

For the first time in six years, raises are being made available to state lawmakers. So who's taking them?

Most everyone is. So far, only eight legislators have denied the 5.3 percent raise that will take salaries to $95,000 a year. Assemblyman Alan Mansoor is one of them.

"It sends the wrong message. Schools are being short-changed. We have tons of pension debt," Mansoor said. 

The Republican from Costa Mesa says his constituents are still looking for jobs.

An independent commission sets lawmaker pay and slashed salaries nearly 20 percent during the recession, but members now pointing to an improving budget picture.

Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley from Rancho Cordova denied the extra money, as well, as did GOP assemblymen Tim Donnelly and Jim Patterson.

 

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