Money

By Patrick McGreevy
May 16, 2013, 3:07 p.m.

The state certified Thursday that it has a sufficient reserve fund to allow pay raises for Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers and other elected officials, but members of a panel that sets pay say they will probably maintain the status quo for another year.

Meanwhile, executives for the Senate and Assembly have written to the California Citizens Compensation Commission arguing that lawmakers in California are not paid as much as their counterparts in New York if stipends for committee assignments are counted.

The letter was seen by Commissioner Chuck Murray as an attempt by legislative leaders to persuade the panel to restore some of the pay cut from elected officials’ salaries in recent years. Asked about the possibility of raises this year, Murray said, “I don’t think it is warranted.”

Thomas Dalzell, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, said the data showing six other governors paid more than Brown would support a pay increase, but the state is just emerging from difficult financial times. “It would surprise me if that’s the direction we end up going in the first year out of a budget surplus,” he said of a pay raise.

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