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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
California lawmakers received a 5.3 percent pay raise this weekend and Assemblywoman Shannon Grove said she would not take the money.
"I declined it a long time ago because we have problems with school funding, unemployment and other important issues that come before giving us a raise," Grove said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Simulcast host Scott Cox recommended Grove donate the money to local charity, like State Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, said they will do.
Grove said she would look into it but that declining was simpler for her.
"It was just an instinct to decline because we didn't earn that raise," she said.
Also, in an effort to help connect small businesses with contracts offered by government agencies, Grove will host a forum at Hodel's Country Dining, 5917 Kunsden Drive, starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
There will be a panel of government contracting agencies and all local business owners are encouraged to attend.
"A lot of small businesses don't know that there is access to money that creates jobs and revenue for the county," she said. "They have to learn to make their way through the navigation system."
Breakfast and admission is free. To RSVP, call 395-2995.