Prop 1F – SCLC Summary

Published: March 17, 2009

You may be aware that the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors has been a supporting Partner of the Southwest California Legislative Council since its inception. The SCLC, a coalition of Southwest California Chambers of Commerce, Legislative Representatives and business representatives – advocate on behalf of Southwest County Businesses. Each of you, as working Realtors, is the owner of your own business. The SCLC has proven to be an effective lobbyist for local concerns and we have a great dialogue with our local Legislators.
Today the SCLC posted recommendations on the Proposition votes upcoming in May. CAR has not yet taken positions on the ballot propositions and, since they are not primarily real estate related, they may not.

This is the summary of Prop 1E. The committee took a position to ‘support’ Prop 1E.

Proposition 1F – Elected Officials’ Salaries

Summary

  1. Proposition 1F amends the State Constitution to prevent the California Citizens Compensation Commission from increasing the annual salaries of State elected officials when the state General Fund is expected to end the year with a deficit.

Background

  1. Proposition 112, approved by voters in June 1990, amended the State Constitution to create the California Citizens Compensation Commission.
  1. The commission includes seven members appointed by the Governor, none of whom can be a current or former state officer or state employee.
  1. The commission establishes the annual salary, as well as medical insurance and other benefits, for the following elected state officials:
    1. The Legislature (120 Members).
    2. The Governor.
    3. The Lieutenant Governor.
    4. The Attorney General.
    5. The Controller.
    6. The Insurance Commissioner.
    7. The Secretary of State.
    8. The Superintendent of Public Instruction.
    9. The Treasurer.
    10. The Board of Equalization (4 Members).
  1. While the commission has control over most pay and benefits received by these state officials, there are certain exceptions.
  1. For xample, Members of the Legislature are eligible to receive per diem payments to cover lodging, meals, and other expenses for each day of attendance at legislative sessions.
  1. The commission considers the following factors when adjusting the annual salary and benefits of state officials:
    1. How much time is required to perform official duties, functions, and services.
    2. The annual salary and benefits for other elected and appointed officials in California with similar responsibilities, including judicial and private-sector officials.
    3. The responsibility and scope of authority of the state official.
  1. Currently, the Constitution does not list the financial condition of the state as a factor the commission must consider when setting the pay and benefits of these officials.
  1. Since 2005, legislators have had their pay increased three separate times.
  1. California’s legislators are among the highest paid in the nation, some earning more than $130,000 a year in salary and daily per diems.

Arguments in Support

  1. Proposition 1F would prevent the commission from approving pay increases for state officials in certain cases when the state General Fund is expected to end the year with a deficit further adding to the deficit.

Arguments in Opposition

  1. According to Pete Stahl, who submitted the ballot argument against Proposition 1F, compared to how much executives are large companies typically earn, the salary paid to state legislators is “a terrific bargain” and it is false to believe that legislators are influenced by how much they make, rather than by their underlying political beliefs.

Supporting

California Chamber of Commerce

California Fire Chiefs Association

California Police Chiefs Association

Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Former Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fred Keeley

Former Secretary of State Bill Jones

National Tax Limitation Committee

The California Taxpayers Association

Southwest California Legislative Council

Opposing


Last modified: March 17, 2009 at 11:24 am | Originally published: March 17, 2009 at 11:24 am
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