Comments from members of the Assembly:
"When the people say that despite the cuts and the savings we have achieved, they still don't approve of the timing or the appearance of these increases, and I certainly don't want that to detract on the job we have to do," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D) Los Angeles.
"For me, what happened was a mistake on our part as managers. We need to acknowledge and recognize, and we do, that in an economy this tough where California are hurting this bad, seeing something like this on our own staff is not the right thing to do," said Minority Leader (R) Mike Villines.
Taxpayers voiced their complaints, and government leaders responded.