CA State Controller Threatens to Dock Legislators’ Pay If They Miss Budget Deadline

John Chang
John Chang
It’s true. And this is not partisan. The controller is a Democrat and Dems control the Legislature:

California lawmakers will start losing their pay in two weeks if they don’t make further progress in balancing the budget, says state Controller John Chiang.

Chiang, the state’s chief accountant, is citing a ballot measure voters approved in November in justifying his plan to dock legislators of their pay absent a balanced budget. His interpretation of the measure differs from that of legislative lawyers, who had previously opined that a budget bill lawmakers passed in March — which still left the state with a multibillion-dollar shortfall — met the conditions set by voters needed to keep salaries flowing once the Legislature’s June 15 deadline for passing the budget arrives…

“In passing Proposition 25 last November, voters clearly stated they expect their representatives to make the difficult decisions needed to resolve any budget shortfalls by the mandatory deadline, or be penalized,” Chiang said in a statement. “I will enforce the voters’ demand.”

Chang has the support of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is also a Democrat:

“I definitely think the budget should be on time,” Brown said, speaking to a reporter as he was leaving an event, “and if they don’t, of course, they shouldn’t get paid. Maybe we’ll get our budget. That’s the purpose.”

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