facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Calif. lawmakers: no budget, no pay

June 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM   |   Comments

SACRAMENTO, June 3 (UPI) -- California will start docking legislator's salaries in two weeks if a balanced budget isn't reached, the state controller said.

Controller John Chiang said Thursday a November state ballot measure mandates he withhold pay for lawmakers unless they approve a balanced spending plan by June 15 as outlined by the California Constitution.

State Senate lawyers see it differently, citing a March budget bill -- leaving California with an approximate $11 billion shortfall -- that they say meets conditions for them to receive their pay. But, as the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, Chiang holds the checkbook.

"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."

Gov. Jerry Brown agreed with Chiang, saying it would pressure the Legislature to move forward in budget negotiations.

"Of course they shouldn't get paid" if the budget is not on time, Brown said at a National Guard ceremony in Sacramento.

"Maybe we'll get our budget," he said. "That's the purpose" of the measure.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla
4
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
5
Missing college student Connor Trapatsos spotted on surveillance video Missing college student Connor Trapatsos spotted on surveillance video
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback