The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 30, 2011
Committee OKs freeze on state pay over $150,000 per year

The Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee has approved a bill that would freeze the pay of state employees earning more than $150,000 per year.

Assembly Bill 7, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D- Pasadena, prohibits the salary increases or bonuses for those higher-end employees until Jan.1, 2014, while they are employed in the same position or job classification.

The measure exempts unionized state employees and anyone "who occupies a classification that is deemed necessary to public safety and security by the Governor through an executive order, or a person whose salary is set by the State Constitution," according to this Assembly committee analysis.

Portantino's bill doesn't affect UC system employees, but, "(a)t a time when the University of California Board of Regents is raising student fees, it is imperative that they show leadership and fiscal responsibility for two years by not granting raises or bonuses for employees that make in excess of $150,000 per year," the bill says.

This is the seventh time Portantino has introduced pay freeze legislation. It now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for another hearing.
Assembly Bill 7, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena

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