California's top elected officials take pay cuts

December 7, 2009 4:07:54 PM PST
The state's top elected officials took a pay cut Monday. The 18 percent salary cut was ordered in May by an independent panel to help ease California's budget crisis.

Controller John Chiang's pay will fall from $169,000 to $139,000. Pay for the assembly speaker, senate president and republican leader will be cut from $133,000 to $109,000. Pay for the rest of the legislature will go from $116,000 to $95,000.

Governor Schwarzenegger will not be affected because he has not accepted state pay since taking office.