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Governor Brown and others up for a (well-deserved?) raise

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 31:  Members of the California State legislature applaud as California Governor Jerry Brown (C) arrives to deliver the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California. One month after taking office, Gov. Brown delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the California State legislature.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown
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Members of the California State legislature applaud as California Governor Jerry Brown (C) arrives to deliver the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California.

How much should lawmakers be worth? How much should the Governor and state legislators be paid?

How much should lawmakers be worth? How much should the Governor and state legislators be paid?

That question will be taken up Monday by the California Citizens Compensation Commission.  Base pay for state senate and assembly members is $97,000 a year.  The Governor gets $177,000.  That's well below what big city mayors get, and somewhat lower than Governors in New York and Pennsylvania.

What should the commission take into account when approving the next salaries? Comps for the same job in other regions? Responsibilities of the job versus what private sector employees make? Performance of the current officeholders? Peg it to current pay, but adjust for inflation?

Guests:

Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee

Saado Abboud, Ph.D., Principal with Keystone Compensation Group, a compensation consulting firm in Minnesota.

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