State Legislators Get a Taste of Their Own Financial Medicine

Base salaries drops from $116,208 to $95,291

Here's a surprise. State lawmakers and other top elected officials who approved furlough days and other cuts for state employee's are getting a taste of their own financial medicine.

Effective today, their pay and some benefits will be slashed by 18%, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the Times:

The cut was approved in May by the California Citizens Compensation Commission. It also applies to  California's controller, treasurer, attorney general and other statewide elected officials. The panel determined that the officials should share the pain of budget cuts that put most other state employees on three unpaid furlough days a month.

The salary reduction will show up for the first time in paychecks issued at the end of this month, according to Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman for the controller, which processes the checks.

The base salary drops from $116,208 to $95,291 for state legislators and for governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, from $212,179 to $173,987 although he chooses not to collect it. Tax-free daily expense allowances will also be reduced from $173 to $142 for Legislative members, the Times reported.

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