Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, has rejected a salary increase approved for legislators, saying she doesn’t want to take a pay bump as thousands of her constituents are still struggling amid the economic fallout triggered by the pandemic.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission, a public board that approves salaries for public officials, voted last month to approve a 4.2% pay bump for Gov. Gavin Newsom, state lawmakers and other elected officials.
“My choice was to decline the raise because of everything we’ve been through together the past 16 months and watching so many people struggle,” Martinez Valladares wrote in an email.
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