California’s budget situation has improved, but has it done so enough to allow raises for Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators this year?
State law does not allow raises in years when a surplus fund falls below a certain level. Budget problems have resulted in the California Citizens Compensation Commission cutting the pay of the governor and lawmakers by 23% in the last four years.
Thomas Dalzell, Brown’s appointee as chairman of the panel, said it looks likely that the financial requirement will be met this year so that raises can be considered when the panel meets March 21.
But just in case the surplus is not large enough, Dalzell has asked the panel’s attorney to determine whether it could comply with the no-raise rule if it just restores pay levels cut in the past.