Despite budget, Gaines rewards his state employees with raises

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With the state in deep fiscal distress, Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, was one of several California lawmakers who rewarded their employees with pay raises during the first half of the year. An Associated Press review of legislative pay records showed at least 87 California Assembly staff members received raises totaling more than $430,000 on an annualized basis, even as the state faced a growing budget deficit that led to furloughs and pay cuts for many other government workers and steep reductions in core services. The two Gaines staffers, who were not identified in the review, had their cumulative monthly pay rise from $4,833 to $5,798. Gaines’ office said both employees have taken on new duties and more hours. In the 40-member Senate, nine staffers had a boost in pay, leading to an annualized increase of $152,000. Sen. Dave Cox, who represents the Auburn area, was not one of the seven senators named. ~ The Associated Press