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browncarpet.jpgGov. Jerry Brown said this evening that the commission that sets pay packages for lawmakers and constitutional officers, including the governor, should not further reduce any officials' pay.

Brown, appearing at a California Hall of Fame event in Sacramento, declined to say if he thought any pay raises are warranted.

"I'm not going to get into that," Brown said ahead of a meeting Thursday of the Citizens Compensation Commission. "I certainly don't think they should be reducing anybody's."

Brown's remarks come just hours after his office was forced to backtrack on two appointments to the panel. The governor's office determined, after announcing the appointees, that under state statute they could not serve.

The Democratic governor said "people should read the statutes more closely," but he added, "There are accidents."

The commission has sharply reduced pay and benefits for elected officials in recent years.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters on the red carpet at a California Hall of Fame event in Sacramento on March 20, 2013. David Siders / Sacramento Bee


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