California Voters Withhold Legislators' Pay Until They Pass a Balanced Budget

  • Webster666

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    Jun 25, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    No pay for lawmakers until they produce 'balanced' budget
    June 21, 2011 | Matt Drange


    California Controller John Chiang announced today that he will withhold legislators' salary and per diem pay until a "balanced" budget is presented to Gov. Jerry Brown, following through with his promise to voters earlier this month that he would enforce Proposition 25.

    Known as the “On-Time Budget Act” and passed by California voters last year, Prop. 25 requires lawmakers to forfeit their pay for every day after June 15 that they fail to produce a balanced budget. In an analysis of the budget that Democratic legislators rushed to pass before last week's deadline, Chiang's office found the package included $1.85 billion in spending unmatched by revenues and, therefore, didn’t consider it balanced.
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    It makes sense to me. They were hired to do a job. If they're not doing it, why pay them?
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Kudos to California Controller John Chiang for having the cojones to stand up on principle. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    Good for him.
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110623/OPINION01/106220380/Cutting-pay-legislators-legal-proper

    "Chiang's decision has already saved the state $340,224 in the past week. Every day the Legislature fails to act will save another $48,603.50."

    Better than furloughing other state workers?
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidA glimmer of sanity returns to California, Webster-the-Devil. icon_razz.gif


    You might be a little surprised here, but I agree with this action. A creative way to "get 'er done."
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    Jun 26, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidhttp://www.mydesert.com/article/20110623/OPINION01/106220380/Cutting-pay-legislators-legal-proper

    "Chiang's decision has already saved the state $340,224 in the past week. Every day the Legislature fails to act will save another $48,603.50."

    Better than furloughing other state workers?


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    You mean the ones on the front line that make it all happen and do the grunt work?

    -Doug
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    Jun 26, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Good. It seems Brown is putting the lie to the idea of "tax and spend" liberals.