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California Lawmakers, Officials Face 18% Pay Cut

(SACRAMENTO) California's Legislature went to state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown recently seeking relief from a future pay cut and on Thursday received an unwelcome surprise: An 18% reduction for lawmakers and other elected state officials can begin next month instead of a year from now.

The move backfired after the Legislature protested -- the state's dire financial straits notwithstanding -- that a pay cut scheduled to follow next year's election was illegal. The state's independent pay board had voted in May to trim salaries for those elected next year and beyond, and lawmakers asked Brown for an opinion.