June 22, 2011
California's Controller: 'The Legislature will forfeit their pay'
The 120 members of the California Legislature got a crash course in reality on Tuesday. John Chiang, the state's controller took the unprecedented step of fulfilling his constitutional responsibility by stopping pay for the state's lawmakers. The Sacramento Bee reports that Chiang's decision is based upon his interpretation of Proposition 25 which was passed by voters in last November's election. Proposition 25 requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget by June 15th or they must permanently forfeit their pay and per diem until an acceptable budget is passed. "My office's careful review of the recently-passed budget found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished," Chiang said in a statement. "The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the Governor." The controller said he determined that the Democratic budget spend $89.75 billion but only provided...(Read Full Post)