CA caps lawmaker pay in deficit years

May 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
California voters say if the state is running a deficit, lawmakers shouldn't get a raise. Voters in Tuesday's statewide special election approved on Proposition 1F by a large margin, capping pay raises for lawmakers and statewide officials whenever state government runs a deficit.

Lawmakers put the measure on the ballot as part of a state budget package intended to close a $42 billion state deficit. However, its passage will have little effect on the state's finances.

Five other measures pitched by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help solve the state's budget deficit and broken budgeting system are trailing in early returns, with about 13 percent of precincts reporting.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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