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Commission Votes To Increase Lawmakers Pay

Sacramento, CA — An independent commission is giving statewide office holders an 18 percent pay raise, boosting the governor´s salary to more than $200,000 a year.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission also voted Friday to give members of the Legislature a raise for the second year in a row.

The raises for the governor, attorney general, school superintendent and five other statewide positions are the first salary increases for those positions since 2000.

Legislators got a 12 percent raise last year. The governor´s salary will rise from $175,000 to $206,500.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to take his annual salary since winning office in 2003.

When the pay raises take effect in December, lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate will see a 2 percent rise in their annual salaries, from $110,880 to $113,097.

The seven-member commission was created by voters in 1990 to set pay levels for the Legislature, governor and other state elected officials.