by Flickr user flap
After a legislative committee votes down a 5% salary reduction for state workers, Darrell Steinberg asks his colleagues in the Senate to take a 5% pay cut. A great factoid in that story is that the operating budget of the CA Senate is $100 million. That’s $2.5 million per member. For reference, that is exactly the same size as the Sacramento Fire Department’s budget. But that includes, you know, the pool … er I mean fighting fires and stuff. For a Senate, $100 million just gets you 40 people to show up — you want extras? That costs more.
Something else to keep in mind: the legislators gave up the right to cut their own salary by fiat when the voters approved Prop 112 in 1990. But who told us to do that? Who put Prop 112 on the ballot? Hold on to your seats: it was the California Legislature!