To Pay Or Not To Pay: Controller Says No ‘Authority’ To Challenge Budget Vote

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — One day after a dramatic — and ultimately overturned — vote to cut California’s $9.6 billion deficit, both sides of the political aisle in Sacramento were wondering the same thing on Friday: where’s my money?

State legislators risked getting their pay suspended had they not passed a balanced budget before June 15 as now required by law.

But Brown vetoed the bills after the Legislature passed measures that would have cut more than $500 million from state programs, including $3 billion less than Brown himself called for in his own budget plan.

Now, as KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports, state controller John Chiang will likely decide whether the legislators should get paid — a decision he says he may not even be able to enforce.

“Right now, I do not have the constitutional authority to say that that budget is not real,” said Chiang .

In the interim, lawmakers are expected to receive their paychecks until otherwise notified.

According to Chiang, the state has “sufficient cash for the foreseeable future” and officials are taking every necessary action to keep California from defaulting on its debt.

Brown said on Thursday he vetoed the proposed budget over what he called “legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings”.

He also warned Republicans that they will have to answer for any future “destructive” cuts to schools and public safety.

  • Ron

    Another way for the CORRUPT, INEPT legislators to sidestep the WILL of the VOTERS. They have found a loophole to NOT do the job that we elected them to do, prolong the budget process and still GET PAID.


  • Bill

    The private sector is being decimated;jobs are disappearing and real estate is in a downward spiral and yet the parasites in govt. become ever more committed to a state of euphoric denial: Have you noticed not a word is mentioned regarding the urgency of somehow bring jobs back to California….. What is their plan for dealing with the systemic abandonment of the private sector , the sector that has somehow supported the pack of reprobates.

  • upyours

    Two d!cks sitting side by side and not a set of balls to be found.

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