Prop. F – lawmaker pay measure – leading by large margin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If California is running a deficit, lawmakers shouldn’t get a raise.

The proposition was leading by a large margin in Tuesday’s statewide special election.

Voters
approved Proposition 1F, 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.

The measure was pushed by
Democrats to get state Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to vote for
the budget compromise in February. The Republican’s vote was essential
to reaching the Legislature’s two-thirds vote requirement for the state
spending plan and tax increases.

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