A bill that would prevent most state employees from earning more than the governor has stalled in the California legislature.
Despite support from one Democratic lawmaker, Republican Senator Joel Anderson’s measure fell a single vote shy in its second committee test.
“As long as we continue to give lavish salaries to bureaucrats, I don’t know how I could ever possibly face any Californian and say that they aren’t doing their fair share with taxes," said Anderson.
He maintains that more than 9,000 state workers topped Governor Jerry Brown’s $173,000 dollar salary last year — a figure that doesn't gel with the state’s current budget woes.
Anderson says his bill would exempt public safety employees because they’re required to work overtime.
The measure also would not apply to the University of California because the U.C. system’s self-governance is constitutionally protected.