With the coronavirus epidemic sweeping the state in May, California Governor Gavin Newsom asked state workers to take a pay cut. He wanted to alleviate the growing financial burden.
And at the time, state workers did as they were asked — they took the pay cut. Many assumed Newsom would do the same; after all, he certainly qualifies as a state worker.
But as it turns out, the Governor’s pay reduction never happened.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Newsom has been drawing his full monthly salary since May. That’s a whopping $17,479 per month, by the way.
However, Newsom’s office is blaming this on an “administrative error.”
As a spokesman from his office said:
The Governor publicly committed to taking the same pay cut as other state workers when he introduced his budget in May and has officially asked the Controller to adjust his pay, effective July 1.
The reductions for both July and August will be deduced for the next pay period.
Clerical error or not, this isn’t the first time the Governor has appeared exempt from the pandemic restrictions.
For example, Newsom’s winery (PlumpJack) was open through early July, well after he ordered all essential businesses closed in March.
Furthermore, the U.S. Treasury Department reveals that PlumpJack received a loan “worth $150,000 to $350,000” from Donald Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
And Newsom wasn’t the only high-ranking California official to not take a pay cut:
According to the State Controller’s office, seven of the eight elected constitutional officers did not take a pay cut last month. Just one, State Controller Betty Yee, did.
It’s feasible that this could be an oversight. Administrative errors happen all the time in state government.
However, it might be difficult for some citizens to believe … these are highly visible state workers, so how could the administration just “forget” to assign them the pay cut?
Gov. Newsom can say it was simply an error. Even so, he may face some serious skepticism from California state residents.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom had all state workers take a pay cut in May to alleviate the pandemic burden.
- But he has been taking his full salary ($17,479/month) since May.
- Newsom’s office blames this on an “administrative error.” But 7 of the 8 constitutional officers in the state didn’t take a pay cut, either.
Source: Fox News