On politics in the Golden State
July 27, 2012 | 7:35 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has quietly handed out pay raises to three of his aides in recent months before pushing through pay cuts for most other state workers, including his staff.

Brown has asked employees in his office to take the same roughly 5% pay cut hitting other state workers, but a spokeswoman said raises were justified for three staffers because they were underpaid for the jobs they did.

“These employees received equity adjustments when it became apparent that their salaries were low relative to their duties and workload,” said Elizabeth Ashford, a spokeswoman for the governor. “Even with their raises, these employees are paid less than their counterparts were paid in the Schwarzenegger Administration.”

The latest disclosure comes a week after state legislators said they had given raises worth $4.6 million annually to more than 1,000 of their aides in the months before cutting the pay of most other state workers. The Legislature’s raises drew a storm of protest from taxpayer groups, who on Friday questioned the raises provided in the governor’s office.

“Any pay increase in this economic environment is suspect,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. “Very few people in the private sector are getting raises.”

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