August 21, 2020

Gov. Newsom Has Not Taken the Pay Cut He Promised

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom promised to take a pay cut himself, after cutting state workers’ salaries, but new reports show he hasn’t followed through on his promise.

The Background:

Deadline reports:

Mistakes by California officials have delayed data to the state’s coronavirus reporting system. Newsom’s administration has seen the recent resignation of top officials after the data reporting errors and an an ethics complaint about a $1 billion state deal.

After the data delays, Newsom held a press conference at which he said plainly, “I’m Governor. The buck stops with me.”

But now the Sacramento Bee reported that Newsom — who promised to cut his own pay as he ordered state workers’ checks to be cut by 10 percent — has been drawing his full monthly salary of $17,479.

Notable Quotes:

“The buck stops with me, I'm accountable. No one's trying to hide that, no one's trying to mask that, we're owning that, we're moving forward to address those issues."

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom

Nate James writes from Texas.

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