California lawmakers accepting pay raises

November 6, 2013 6:19:47 PM PST
California lawmakers will be getting a boost in pay, but not everyone will be taking home more money.

It's the first pay raise for the legislature in six years.

The independent commission that sets pay and benefits has decided to give a 5.3 percent increase, giving a boost to lawmakers whose salary was cut during the recession.

The base pay will now be $95,200 a year. However, eight legislators have told the state controller that they will turn down the extra money.

Some lawmakers say a raise will contribute to the already low perception of state government.