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UPDATE: Democrats Cannibalize Each Other — Chiang Halts Pay to Legislators over Phony Budget

EDITOR’S NOTE: Legislative reaction was fierce to Controller John Chiang’s decision to cut off their $400 per day pay as captured by the Sacramento Bee. Herer’s what my representative, the head of the budget committee, had to say: Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills:

“The Controller is acting without clear legal authority. He has
confused having the responsibility to cut checks with having the
authority to be a judge and jury on the budget. He signs our paychecks
but Proposition 25 does not make him our boss – that role is reserved
for the people who elected us. … If his action stands, it will have
grave implications on future budgets. His action suggests that we are
not a co-equal, independent branch of government vested with the
constitutional authority to craft the budget. And, that’s not what the
people voted for when they passed Proposition 25.”

Sacramento Bee reports:

Controller John Chiang announced today he has blocked pay for lawmakers, rejecting his own party’s spending plan as insufficient to satisfy a voter-approved law on timely budgets.

In doing so, the Democratic controller exercised unprecedented
authority, establishing a new role for his office under Propositions 25
and 58 to determine whether a legislative budget is “balanced.”

“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 spent
$89.75 billion but only provided $87.9 billion in revenues, leaving a
$1.85 billion imbalance.

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez said in a statement that he believes the controller “was wrong.”

“The Controller is, in effect, allowing Legislative Republicans to
control the budget process and I believe that’s a very unfortunate
outcome that is inconsistent with the intent of Proposition 25,” said
Pérez, D-Los Angeles. “In the coming days, we will be taking additional
budget action informed by the Controller’s analysis, and consistent with
the values of the budget we passed last week.”

Chiang has determined that the majority-vote plan Democrats sent to Gov. Jerry Brown
last week was not a “balanced” budget and therefore did not meet
lawmakers’ constitutional obligation for timely passage of a spending
plan. Brown immediately vetoed the budget Thursday, less than 16 hours
after passage, dubbing it “not a balanced solution” and noting that it
relied on legally questionable solutions.

In his determination, the controller highlighted one component of the
budget that he believes ran afoul of the state’s Proposition 98 minimum
guarantee for school funding. The Democrats’ budget underfunded K-12
schools and community colleges by $1.3 billion, Chiang said. John Mockler,
an education consultant who wrote Proposition 98, said in an interview
last week the Legislature would have to provide that money if courts
intervene or at some future date if revenues come in as projected.

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9 Responses to UPDATE: Democrats Cannibalize Each Other — Chiang Halts Pay to Legislators over Phony Budget

  1. Anonymous says:

    Finally. Those people think they are doing
    us a big favor going up there and playing games.
    I salute the Controller Chiang for being an honest man.
    I think we need a part-time work party up there
    to get the job done and go back to their regular jobs the rest of the year. I am sure that there
    are volunteers who would do two-three weeks and go home. Lets push for a realistic political
    entity instead of the “officials” who think it is
    a game they are playing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chiang has to be commended for doing the job he was elected for unlike our City Controller & City Attorney who are part of the City Hall gang.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gatto voted for Cedillo’s AB 353…8 CONSCIENTIOUS assembly members voted NO, 55 yes votes, and 17 sat on the fence…shame on those who abstained..once the Senate passes AB 353, then poor El Sereno will succumb to So. Pasadena’s SR 710 Extension whims….Let’s hear it for the
    “SUPER 8″

  4. Valley res says:

    Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield said: “He signs our paychecks but Proposition 25 does not make him our boss – that role is reserved for the people who elected us….
    And, that’s not what the people voted for when they passed Proposition 25.”
    Umm, yes that is EXACTLY what people voted for with Prop. 25!! To cut off your pay if you don’t do your job and pass a BALANCED budget. Note emphasis on BALANCED, not just a phony, incomplete budget with cooked up numbers, that will never work out in real life.
    You Demorats got what you wanted, a simple majority to pass budgets and end some of the gridlock in Sacramento, and in return WE taxpayers got a little of what WE want, to withhold YOUR paycheck if YOU don’t do YOUR job. You politicians wouldn’t last a week in the private sector!
    The controller IS doing his job, following the rules.
    Boy do the bees get angry when you threaten to take away their honey! Lazy basterds…

  5. anonymous says:

    Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield said: “He signs our paychecks but Proposition 25 does not make him our boss – that role is reserved for the people who elected us….
    And, that’s not what the people voted for when they passed Proposition 25.”
    I’m curious what Mr. Blumenfield suggests. What did the people vote for when they passed Prop 25? Is there some special catch wording that exonerates them? ‘Am I missing something?

  6. Gatto called California a Banana Republic. That is a compliment based on the massive deficits being generated by the idiots in Sacramento.

  7. Anonymous says:

    California is a banana republic because of the Gatto scums.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gatto used to work for that worthless congresscritter Sherman. And last year there was a perfect opportunity to get rid of that pig Sherman (almost 20 years in congress and what to show?). But no, you people couldn’t be bothered to vote for a real person, Reed, just because he’s a republican. So enjoy Gatto. I bet when Sherman will retire he’ll take his place.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m ready to vote for Republicans but they are so hateful and below the belt on most issues that we are stuck with the lesser of two evils.

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