California lawmakers are highest paid in the USA

March 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Despite California's budget problems, our state lawmakers remain the highest paid in the country -- by far.

A new survey from the California Citizens Compensation Commission found lawmakers in Sacramento make more than $95,000 a year.

That is after accounting for an 18-percent pay cut, they took last year.

Compare that salary to ones legislators make in the next highest paid states -- Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania -- all earn less than $80,000 a year.

Of course, California does have the highest cost of living in the country.

The panel behind Monday's survey plans to meet next month, to consider whether to cut lawmakers' salary to roughly $85,000 next year.


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