California elected officials are getting a 3 percent pay increase for the sixth straight year, pushing Gov. Jerry Brown's already highest-in-the-nation salary for a governor above $200,000 just before he leaves office.
A citizens board approved the pay hikes Tuesday, bumping the governor's annual salary from $196,000 to $202,000 starting in December.
The lieutenant governor will be paid $151,000. Rank-and-file members of the Legislature will get a $3,500 raise to about $110,000, while leaders make more. California lawmakers already were the highest paid in the nation.
Lawmakers also earn a tax-free per diem while the Legislature is in session, currently $192 per day, which was not affected by Tuesday's action.
In approving the raise, commissioners noted California's strong budget and thriving economy. Thomas Dalzell, chair of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, said the panel adopted "incremental, modest, symbolic increases" and noted that many state government workers were getting larger increases.