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Mr. Maldonado also noted that Mr. Chiang accepted a 2.75 percent pay raise in 2007.

The state senator, a well-known penny pincher, has never taken a pay raise in his 10 years in the state legislature. He has introduced two constitutional amendments that would prevent legislators from taking per diems, which pay for their expenses in Sacramento, during a budget stalemate and would prevent them from accepting pay raises when the state is running a deficit.