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Bass Backtracks on Staff Salary Raises

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Over a half million dollars in pay raises for State Democrat and Republican Assembly staffers have been canceled amidst media and public pressure that broke yesterday afternoon. “I absolutely don’t want the people who oppose public education and who want to drown government in a bathtub to use this as some sort of club against the responsible, urgently needed ballot initiatives Californians will be voting on,” Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) said at a news conference this afternoon, noting that the issue was becoming a distraction to her campaign for tax increase measures on the May 19th ballot.