Because Democrats have not released complete budgets, a thorough comparison is impossible.
A feud over access to the budgets has embroiled members of the state Assembly and shined a light on the Legislature's longstanding, secretive practices.
She said it is essential that Californians have access to information about how their tax dollars are being spent "in order to judge our performance and hold us accountable."
The budget documents released to the AP show Grove's highest paid employee makes $48,000 a year, Donnelly's top earner is paid $55,615, and Olsen's highest earner is paid $96,000.
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Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D La Canada Flintridge, claims Perez, D Los Angeles, slashed Portantino's office allowance when he refused to vote for the state budget. As a result, his staff members face a six week layoff this fall.
Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R Tulare, under pressure from her own caucus, sent a letter late Wednesday to Skinner asking for the immediate release of budget figures.
Perez accused Portantino of overspending. In response, Portantino sought details of lawmakers' budgets from the Assembly Rules Committee, which oversees legislative records. The panel, however, said current budget documents are not subject to the law because they could include preliminary, unofficial drafts.
Perez's spokeswoman, Robin Swanson, did not return a phone message Thursday.
Freshmen GOP lawmakers Shannon Grove of Bakersfield, Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, and Kristin Olsen of Modesto released their office spending records to The Associated Press because they said such records should be open.
Grove and Olsen's allocations this year are $60,000 each, while Donnelly's and Mansoor's are $50,000. The money goes to help pay for their staffs.
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Grove, Olsen and Donnelly said the documents detailing their budgets were written by legislative leaders and highlight the lack of transparency in the Legislature, since many costs are obscured.
On the floor of the state Assembly Thursday, Portantino praised the Republican lawmakers who took the politically risky step of releasing their office budgets. In an interview, he said he would continue "to press for complete transparency and end this silliness."
Separate documents, posted at Perez's direction, show the salaries of Democratic caucus staff members total about $9.9 million a year. By comparison, staff members of the Republican caucus make a total of $4.9 million.
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SACRAMENTO Four Republican lawmakers broke ranks with legislative leaders and released their complete office budgets, defying a committee controlled by the Assembly speaker that has said such documents are not public records.
The first three members of the minority party who released their records spent less than $400,000 each, not including their pay. The figures are modest compared with the budgets of Democrats and more senior lawmakers, who sometimes get hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional funds based on their committee assignments and leadership posts.
Some Democratic lawmakers with high profile committee assignments spend more than $1.6 million on salaries alone.
The individual office budgets are not the only area of disparity in the Assembly, where Democrats who control the Legislature determine much of the spending.
The issue arose from a feud between Assembly Speaker John Perez and a fellow Democratic lawmaker but has since erupted into a debate over the Legislative Open Records Act, a 1975 law written by lawmakers that allows the Legislature to decide what records it will release or keep secret.
At least 58 legislative staffers make more than $120,000 a year. Nearly 20 work for the Democratic caucus, and four work for the GOP caucus.
an official base budget of $263,000. They also get an additional allocation that is not reflected in some of the documents.
A separate AP request for budget details is pending in the state Senate.
For example, district office rent, travel to and from district offices and the capital, and the costs for those who use state vehicles appear in separate documents than the ones that detail staff salaries and Capitol expenses.
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Instead, the committee released documents that present an incomplete and at times contradictory picture. The figures show some rank and file Republican lawmakers with more lavish budgets than the Assembly speaker or the Democratic heads of powerful committees.
"I'm just doing what I feel in my heart is right, just trying to make sure the public is getting what they're supposed to be getting. It's their money," Grove said Thursday. "I would hope that the entire Assembly would do the same."
he is creating a task force to study the issue. He asked Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D Berkeley, chairwoman of the rules committee, to report back by January.
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