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Spurred in part by a budget crisis [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) decided on Thursday to strip lawmakers of state-purchased cars.
The move would save more than 2.3 million dollars over the next five years, cutting in half what taxpayers spend on lawmakers' transportation, according to the commission which is responsible for setting state officials' salaries and benefits.
The commission, meanwhile, gives a 300-dollar monthly transportation allowance for those who are stripped of state- purchased cars.
Not all legislators have state cars, but for those who do, taxpayers spend an average 7,300 dollars a year -- more than double the new allowance -- on the vehicle purchase [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], gas, maintenance and insurance, according to the Los Angeles Times.
About 80 of the Legislature's 120 members have state cars and many lawmakers pay a small share of the purchase price, the paper said.
The commission made the move as the state's 25-billion-dollar budget deficit sees no sign of a settlement.
"We're broke," Commissioner Charles Murray said at the panel's public meeting in Burbank, near Los Angeles. "You have to cut money somewhere."
The rule, scheduled to take effect in December, could prove awkward for Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking to maintain cordial relations with lawmakers as he solicits their votes for his budget plan, the Times said.
On Wednesday, Brown replaced Murray, an outspoken proponent of cutting lawmakers' compensation, as chairman of the seven-member body. New chairman Thomas Dalzell, a union official, tried unsuccessfully at Thursday's contentious meeting to delay a decision on the cars, according to the report.
In January [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Brown ordered state agencies to halt new car purchases and sell automobiles not essential for state business. The governor's authority does not extend to cars purchased by the Legislature for its members.
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