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April 27, 2012 > Bill linking Calif. employee pay to governor fails

Bill linking Calif. employee pay to governor fails

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Apr 24 - A bill that would have prohibited California state employees from making more than the governor has died in committee.

Sen. Joel Anderson proposed capping salaries at the roughly $174,000 paid to the governor.

Anderson, a Republican from La Mesa, says the bill is needed to limit what he calls ``lavish state salaries'' that can be several times the governor's pay once employees are compensated for accumulated vacation time and other benefits.

He cites a prison doctor who was paid $785,000 last year, a prison psychiatrist paid $566,000 and a University of California president paid $560,000. He says 9,000 employees were paid more than the governor last year.

SB1368 failed on a 6-7 vote Tuesday in the Senate Government Organization Committee. Anderson says all votes against the bill were from Democrats.

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