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LATimes: PA at top in governor's pay

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Mar 19, 2013 8:58 AM
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This from our friends on the best coast: Pennsylvania has the highest-paid governor in the country, statutorily earning more than $183,000 in 2012.

The finding comes from a commission tasked with deciding if California Gov. Jerry Brown should get a raise. Brown is paid $165,288 a year.

The panel examined governors' salaries in 2012. The 2013 statutory salary for the Keystone State’s top executive is even higher -- $187,912.

Pennsylvania was trailed by New York, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, and New Jersey – all of which pay their top executives in the mid- to high- $170,000 range.

But Gov. Corbett has said his pay is actually closer to the salaries of those governors. He vowed to accept no more than the salary in place at the time he was elected in 2010 -- $174,914.

The Patriot-News reported this year that if he’s returning the automatic pay raises to the state treasurer, it’s not apparent on pay stubs.

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