Citing hard times ahead for California, State Senator Correa acts to reduce legislative pay
Sacramento â€“ In light of Californiaâ€™s dire budget shortfall, Orange Countyâ€™s State Senator Lou Correa today took action to immediately cut his own legislative salary 10% (ten percent) below what is currently allowed to be paid to legislators.
In a letter to State Controller John Chiang, Correa stated that, â€œGiven the continuing decline in state revenue, and the required upcoming cuts to many vital programs, I believe it is my responsibility to lead by example in reducing my salary.â€
According to the Senator, the California Citizenâ€™s Compensation Commission recently attempted to reduce legislative salaries by 10%, but failed to pass the motion.Â â€œWhile I believe that there will be sufficient votes to pass the pay cut at their meeting today, such an action cannot take effect until the next term of office.Â It is important as a State Senator that I step up now and share in the personal sacrifices and hardships that many Californians are experiencing first hand,â€ Correa added.
During the Senatorâ€™s term of office, Correa has declined both per diem increases and salary raises given to other members of the legislature.In closing, Senator Correa added that, â€œThis legislature is about to make some very difficult choices that will impact hundreds of thousands of Californians. We will be asking much of our neighbors to do more with less from the state, and I will stand with my neighbors in working through these hardships toward a fiscally sound state.â€