Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after Senate approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) contained in AB 1377 that will grant pay hikes to thousands of state employees.
“The Governor and legislative Democrats sold Proposition 30, the $45 billion tax increase, to Californians on the promise that all the money would go to education, but the MOU promises reflected in AB 1377 will cost about $1 billion when the remaining state employees get the same deal. I do not believe the people of California voted to raise taxes in order to increase salaries and benefits for state employees.
Furthermore, I am disappointed that this MOU does nothing to address the unfunded state employee retirement liabilities that are in excess of $180 billion that will burden future generations, and threatens future funding for core services like education and public safety.
California families have made many sacrifices during the course of the ‘great recession,’ but state employees have received automatic pay increases that have cost more than $13 billion since 2005-06. Taxes have been increased by tens of billions and some core public services reduced, yet our families continue to struggle while state employee pay keeps increasing.”