California Bill Would Cap State Worker Pay
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 20 (LID) – A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cap state worker salaries at the governor’s pay.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is paid an annual salary of $173, 987, a figure set by the seven-member California Citizens Compensation Commission.
The commission — established by voters’ passage of Proposition 112 in June 1990 — establishes the annual salaries and benefits packages for elected state officials, including legislators, the secretary of state, attorney general, insurance commissioner, treasurer and controller.
The salary cap proposed in Senate Bill 1368 would not affect labor contracts approved before Jan. 1, 2013. It would apply, however, to state workers rehired or reappointed after that date. The cap would include overtime compensation.
Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) on Monday said he introduced the measure to take aim at “outrageous salaries” for state bureaucrats that are foisted on taxpayers.
California has over 8,000 state workers making more than the governor. And, despite the Golden State’s fiscal woes, some state workers are getting pay raises projected to cost $122.2 million in fiscal year 2012-2013, Anderson said.
“Salaries should be tied to the actual duties and responsibilities of the position,” Anderson said. “Only highly paid bureaucrats can rationalize why their responsibilities are of greater importance than the governor of a state with 38 million citizens.”
The bill would recommend to the semiautonomous Regents of the University of California to similarly limit the annual salaries of UC employees.
The bill, if enacted, would amend the California Government Code by adding Section 18005 (Cal. Gov’t § 18005).
The Democratic-led Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee will consider S.B. 1368 at a hearing April 9.
The text of S.B. 1368, as introduced Feb. 24, is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1351-1400/sb_1368_bill_20120224_introduced.html.