Gov. Jerry Brown’s new offer of a 4.5% pay raise to the largest state employee union could affect the decision of a citizens panel that meets Wednesday to decide whether to give salary increases to the governor and legislators.
It could be a factor in the discussions, according to Thomas Dalzell, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Commission. “I wanted to see what happens to other state employees,” Dalzell said Tuesday.
Last week, Brown announced a tentative agreement with California's largest state worker union, SEIU Local 1000, providing a possible 2% raise July 1, 2014, if the state reaches certain financial goals, and a 2.5% raise a year later.
In the last four years, the Citizens Compensation Commission cited pay cuts and furloughs for other rank-and-file state workers as the reason it slashed the salaries of the governor and lawmakers by 23%, putting Brown’s annual pay at $165,288. This year, the state has more than $1 billion in a reserve fund.