California politicians are getting a hefty raise. I couldn’t think of anyone less deserving. I’m declining mine and calling on Gavin Newsom to do the same.

But it appears Newsom, already the nation’s highest paid governor, will gladly take the extra $8,809 awarded by his own appointees. Last year, Newsom nobly promised to take a pay cut – then a Public Records Act request revealed he didn’t actually do it.

Worst yet, a Sac Bee investigation has revealed another major boost to Newsom’s personal income: Special Interests like PG&E are paying his wife a large salary through a nonprofit. Then they send their lobbyists to Newsom’s office to write policy.

As for Legislators, the raise comes despite taking most of last year off. On top of their salaries, Legislators get a $40,000 tax-free per diem (which I decline every year). Many also enjoy lavish junkets, including one last year in Hawaii in the thick of the lockdowns.

The Recall is about upending this culture of corruption. More than any one policy, it’s about a new paradigm for our public life based on integrity and service. That’s how we’ll fix all the failed policies.

In other news, yesterday James Gallagher and I filed our petition with the California Supreme Court in our case against Newsom. And separately, today James and I published an op-ed about Facebook and Twitter’s censorship of COVID-19’s true origins.

Finally, today is apparently “Reopening Day.” In truth, it will take another few months and a vote of the people before we have a new birth of freedom.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol. Sign up for updates to be part of our growing movement, and join other Californians of patriotism, decency, and common sense who want nothing more than to save our state.