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State lawmakers voluntarily cut salaries

June 9, 2009 9:04:09 AM PDT
At least 24 California lawmakers have voluntarily cut their annual salaries, effective immediately.The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted last month to cut the pay of the state's elected officials by 18 percent, but those cuts cannot go into effect during an elected official's current term.

Some like Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-El Monte, and Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, have joined a handful of state lawmakers who have already agreed to cut their pay by as much as 18 percent. State Senator Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, has taken a ten percent pay cut.

Eng said the decision came "in light of the severe budget deficit that the state of California is facing."

Seventeen state lawmakers have also declined their state car allowance, including Assemblyman Chuck Devore, R-Irvine, and state senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles.

Though each lawmaker's salary cut saves the state approximately $21,000 a year, California legislators are still the highest-paid lawmakers in the country.

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