Gov. Brown spending about $1 on personal staff for every $2 spent by Schwarzenegger

Published: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 - 3:55 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is doing his job with barely half the personal office staff of his predecessor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger paid the 230 employees on his personal staff roughly $14.5 million during his last year as governor, including 42 workers earning six figures, state data show.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown paid the 120 employees on his personal staff roughly $8.2 million, according to a Bee review of new figures from the state controller's office.

Personal staff includes assistants, advisers, secretaries, communications staff, interns and others who work with the governor on a day-to-day basis.

The contrast doesn't end with personal staff. Schwarzenegger, during his last year in office, took more than twice as many personal gifts as Brown took last year. Gifts to Schwarzenegger included thousands of dollars worth of wine, cigars, champagne and liquor.

Through a nonprofit set up to cover travel costs, Schwarzenegger took close to $100,000 worth of trips during his final year in office, traveling to Asia, Russia and England. A similar organization spent $3,600 for Brown to go to Los Angeles and D.C last year, according to financial disclosure reports.

Schwarzenegger did cut personal payroll over the course of his term and, through furloughs, slashed hundreds of millions from the total state payroll. Brown held the total state payroll steady last year after a significant rise the previous year due to the end of furloughs.

This chart shows the Governor's Office payroll over the last five years. Jerry Brown assumed office in January 2011.

Source: State Controller's Office.
Note: This comparison covers employees the state payroll lists as working for the Governor's Office. Governors have historically sprinkled some close advisers in other agencies and departments throughout the executive branch.

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