Limiting Politicians’ Pay
California Proposition 1F is a measure on the ballot for the May 19 election in California.
It would prohibit the state commission that sets salary levels for the governor, other top state officials, and members of the California State Legislature from increasing those salaries if the state General Fund is expected to end the year with a deficit.
We’ve been following bills to limit pay for Members of the U.S. Congress in a post called “No Salary Increase for Congress in Fiscal 2010.” There are at least fifteen bills in the current Congress to limit federal politicians’ pay.
H.R. 201, the Deficit Accountability Act of 2009, is similar to the California ballot initiative. It would prevent automatic pay increases for Members of Congress in the year after a fiscal year in which there is a Federal budget deficit.
H.R. 566 would prevent pay increases when government outlays (that is, spending) exceed receipts (that is, taxes).