Senator Josh Newman to Reject Lawmaker Pay Raise

Thursday, June 22 2017

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) today sent letters to State Controller Betty Yee and Senate Secretary Danny Alvarez, stating he would not accept the pay increase for State Legislators scheduled to go in effect in December. In the letters Newman stated:

“Having been recently elected, and out of consideration of the challenges currently confronting so many hard-working Californians, I have decided to forego any increase in my own compensation in the coming year,” said Newman.

“I do appreciate the work of the Commission, and I don’t begrudge any of the hardworking members of California’s legislature, constitutional officers, or other civil servants any increase in compensation they may be due to receive as a result of the Commission’s recent action.  For my part, however, the current opportunity to serve is sufficient, and I respectfully decline any pay increase as part of the current cycle.”

On Monday June 19, the California the California Citizens Compensation Commission approved a three percent increase to state lawmakers salaries. All 40 members of the Senate and 80 members of the Assembly are set to receive pay hikes, effective in December of this year.

Josh Newman was elected to represent Senate District 29 this past November. The district includes portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.