Little piece’s from Matier and Ross:
According to the state Department of Finance, the 2007-08 operating budget for California's 40 senators and their staff was $107 million.
The budget for the 80 Assembly members and staff was $145 million.
Total cost for both houses: $252 million. Ten years ago, the total budget for both houses was $158 million.
Legislators' salaries - $116,208 a year, the highest in the nation and far outpacing No. 2 Michigan, which pays $79,650.
California lawmakers also get a car allowance, free gas and $173 per day in living expenses during the legislative session if they reside outside Sacramento.
Each lawmaker gets at least eight staff members. Those who serve on committees get more.
Add in all the various policy analysts, number crunchers, lawyers and aides who work for the Legislature's numerous committees, and the support staff for the Senate and Assembly numbers about 1,800 - with an overall payroll of $180 million.
And believe this, if the propositions get turned down, there will be many lawyers getting rich on consulting fees. If you have the time and determination, become a lawyer for the big bucks!
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