Commission Cuts Pay For Governor, Legislators

Governor Brown, legislators, and all other statewide officeholders are getting a 5 percent pay cut. That's the decision from the California Citizens Compensation Commission, the seven-member panel that controls salaries for state leaders. Commissioner Charles Murray says the cuts are intended to support the governor's budget.  "Since we control the salaries of all the elected officers in the state of California and he is proposing a 5 percent cut of all the salaries of all the public employees," Murray said,  "we should do the same in order to help the cause." The cuts take effect in December and will save about $500 million; California is facing an estimated $16 billion shortfall.