SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A bill that would have prohibited California state employees from making more than the governor has died in committee.
Sen. Joel Anderson proposed capping salaries at the roughly $174,000 paid to the governor.
Anderson, a Republican from La Mesa, says the bill is needed to limit what he calls "lavish state salaries" that can be several times the governor's pay once employees are compensated for accumulated vacation time and other benefits.
He cites a prison doctor who was paid $785,000 last year, a prison psychiatrist paid $566,000 and a University of California president paid $560,000. He says 9,000 employees were paid more than the governor last year.
SB1368 failed on a 6-7 vote Tuesday in the Senate Government Organization Committee. Anderson says all votes against the bill were from Democrats.
The Associated Press