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Looks like the board that determines salaries for state lawmakers’ and constitutional officers has some explaining of its own to do. This summer, the commission voted to cut the pay of lawmakers and statewide electeds by 18 percent. They also voted to cut their pension contributions and car allowances by the same amount. But when the final resolution was passed, those pension cuts were nowhere to be seen. Legislators do not receive pensions — thanks to Proposition 140. So the pension language would only impact the state’s constitutional officers. The vote to reduce the pensions happened by voice vote. When the pension reductions didn’t materialize, the administrative heads of the Assembly and Senate wrote a letter to the attorney general noting the lack of pension reductions, despite the voice vote. According to the Sacramento Bee, Commission Chairman Chuck Murray said he did not even realize the pensions had been reduced. Murray now says he does not support the pension cut and voted for it by mistake. Sounds like the panel is even more disorganized than the lawmakers they’re punishing with those pay cuts…

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