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4% pay raise authorized for Gov. Gavin Newsom, lawmakers and other top California officials

California lawmakers, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other constitutional officers will be eligible for a 4% pay raise after a state commission voted Friday to increase their salaries.

Citing a strong economy and a healthy state budget, the California Citizens Compensation Commission voted 4-0 to up officials’ pay by 4%, said Andrew LaMar, spokesman for the state’s Human Resources Department.

Newsom’s salary will increase from $201,680 to about $209,747.

Salaries for the top Democrat and Republican lawmaker in each house of the state Legislature will increase to $132,107, while rank and file lawmakers will see their pay increase to $114,877. The lieutenant governor, attorney general, controller, treasurer, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, insurance commissioner and board of equalization members will also get a 4% boost.

The raises will take effect Dec. 2, LaMar said.

The commission meets once a year to vote on changes to state official compensation. In 2018 and 2017, it voted to increase salaries by 3%. In 2016, it approved a 4% increase.

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Sophia Bollag covers California politics and government. Before joining The Bee, she reported in Sacramento for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. She grew up in California and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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