Politics

California governor, other top officials get 3 percent raise

In this January 3, 2011 file photo, Jerry Brown (L) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (R) as Brown's wife, Anne Gust-Brown (C), looks on in Sacramento, California. The Citizens Compensation Commission on Monday, May 11, 2015, approved 4-0 a salary increase for the governor, top statewide elected officials and lawmakers. All four panel members were Brown appointees.
In this January 3, 2011 file photo, Jerry Brown (L) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (R) as Brown's wife, Anne Gust-Brown (C), looks on in Sacramento, California. The Citizens Compensation Commission on Monday, May 11, 2015, approved 4-0 a salary increase for the governor, top statewide elected officials and lawmakers. All four panel members were Brown appointees.
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A panel of appointed citizens has approved 3 percent raises for California Gov. Jerry Brown, top statewide elected officials and state lawmakers.

The Citizens Compensation Commission on Monday approved the salary increase, which continues restoring pay to pre-recession levels. The increase was approved unanimously on a 4-0 vote by the panel, all Brown appointees.

Rank-and-file California lawmakers will now make six-figure salaries of $100,113. They are already the nation's best-compensated legislators. The commission previously cut lawmaker pay 18 percent and eliminated access to state-owned vehicles during the recession.

Brown will make $182,789 after the commission's vote. That's still well below the peak salary set for his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, of $212,179 in 2008.

The commission also approved higher state contributions for health and dental benefits, to the same level as state managers.