A California state lawmaker wants to increase the salary of an electrician from $60,000 to $59.5 million, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal.
The electrician, who has been with the state since 2006, has been a fixture on California’s public roads and bridges for more than a decade.
But the state has seen a drop in work, particularly in the last decade, as many Californians have switched to electric cars, according a report from the state’s Department of Transportation.
The state is working to replace the roughly 5,000 electricians currently employed.
The increase would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and would bring the annual pay to $58,000, according the Journal.
That’s a $2,000 increase from current law.
The bill would also expand the number of workers with an electricians license to 6,000.
California currently has about 18,000 licensed electricians.
A total of 18,521 are working in California.
The Journal noted that the increase was necessary to “protect the health and safety of California’s road and bridges.”