New Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is under attack this week after he gave his chief of staff, Sara Ramirez, an annual pay increase of nearly $65,000 for an annual salary of $190,008. That is $80,424 higher than that of Perez or Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
Average legislators are paid $95,291 a year — half of what the chief of staff now makes.
This does not sit well with members, particularly when the Assembly will cut its overall budget by 15 percent.
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