California Has Highest-Paid Legislators In The Nation

On a day when backers of an initiative seeking to make California's legislature part-time said they failed to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot, the California Citizens Compensation Commission issued a survey that reveals the state's do-nothing lawmakers still get the highest state-legislator salaries in the nation.

At $95,291, the pay for the Golden State's lawmakers beat out that of Michigan's ($79,650), New York's ($79,500), Pennsylvania's ($78,315), and Illinois' ($65,353), according to data provided to LA Weekly Monday. For comparison, the governor's set salary ranked fifth nationally; the lieutenant governor's came in forth; and the attorney general's came in third.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaragosa's $223,142 annual pay came in second in the state only to that of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ($244,807), who's running for a job, lieutenant governor, that would cut his pay substantially ($130,490). (And note here that both mayors make more than the governor's set salary of $173,987. We say "set" because Arnold Schwarzenegger does the job for free).

The salary for Los Angeles County District Attorney is tops in the state, at $292,592. And L.A. County supervisors also make more than any other comparable county reps statewide: $178,789 (and that's getting close to double what our highly paid state legislators make).


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