Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said that he will halt a controversial program that allowed him to approve raises for legislative employees while cutting your pay by 5%.
After ACSS members called on Steinberg to overturn the raises - more than 10% of which went to employees making $100,000 or more per year - he responded with an email that claims one of his main priorities is to "take merit raises off the table for upper chamber employees."
Considering Steinberg had to approve the raises in the first place, we're wondering whose table he is referring to...
In addition, Steinberg noted that he is "currently proposing a one-year salary freeze for staff."
So while it appears that Sen. Steinberg will answer to public pressure regarding the raises and stop funneling cash to legislative employees, he appears unprepared to address the lack of similar merit programs for state supervisors and managers, many of whom have not had a raise in over a decade.
What do you think? Will Steinberg keep his word and stop rewarding legislative employees under the table? Respond in the comments section.