Newsom to Give UNWARRANTED Pay Raise to Prison Guards—They Gave Him $3 Million for Campaign

The proposal by Guv Newsom to give an unwarranted pay raise to the prisons guards, who spent $3 million to elect him Governor.  This is Newsom spending YOUR money to buy his election.  Will the Republicans point this out?  Will the Party file a complaint with the FPPC?  This is as blatant as the corruption in Chicago.  In a One Party State the Democrats don’t even care if they use tax dollars to pay back supporters.

““No Evident Justification for Proposed Salary Increase,” reads a headline in the LAO’s unusually harsh report.

The LAO “just didn’t think they had a lot of merit,” said the report’s author, Nick Schroeder, of the administration’s arguments for the raise.

Schroeder noted that in 2013, the last time the state’s labor negotiators studied the compensation market for prison guards and parole officers, California Correctional Peace Officers Association members were paid 40% above market.”

Note that the mainstream media has been silent about this payback by the Governor.  Will the public care?  Will they know?

Legislative Analyst: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposed Raises For California Prison Guards Not Justified

Ben Adler, Capitol Public Radio,  6/14/19 

California lawmakers could vote as soon as Monday on a labor deal between Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and the state’s prison guards’ union. But a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says the deal’s 3% raise isn’t justified.

“No Evident Justification for Proposed Salary Increase,” reads a headline in the LAO’s unusually harsh report.

The LAO “just didn’t think they had a lot of merit,” said the report’s author, Nick Schroeder, of the administration’s arguments for the raise.

Schroeder noted that in 2013, the last time the state’s labor negotiators studied the compensation market for prison guards and parole officers, California Correctional Peace Officers Association members were paid 40% above market.

“The fact that they maintained pace with inflation since then really seems like it’s reasonable to assume that they’re still above market in their compensation,” Schroeder said.

And that’s a big reason why California’s prison costs have continued to go up, even though the state’s inmate population has been dropping since 2011.

“Really, one of the primary drivers in the state’s prison costs are the employee compensation costs,” Schroeder said.

The Newsom administration did not directly respond to the LAO report but said it had “worked hard to reach an agreement” with CCPOA members.

“We look forward to the agreement being ratified by members of the union as well as the Legislature,” said Andrew LaMar with the California Department of Human Resources.

The CCPOA spent nearly $3 million on independent expenditures backing Newsom’s campaign for governor last fall.

On the other hand, the 3% pay raise in the Newsom administration’s one-year deal is smaller than the 5% raise former Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration negotiated with the union last year.

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