Democratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance California’s $15.7 billion deficit without Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks.
With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders say they are working on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with the governor on welfare cuts.
The measure would reduce the total number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature, but it would allow them to serve all 12 years in one house.
Californians were deciding whether to tweak legislative term limits to allow lawmakers to remain in either the Assembly or Senate for up to 12 years.
Is the latest attempt to modify California’s term limits law a smart compromise or a dishonest power grab? In two weeks, California voters will decide the issue – once again.
Proposition 28 on the June 5 primary ballot would reduce the total number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but it would allow them to serve all of that in one house.
A judge has affirmed an earlier ruling that the state controller does not have authority to withhold lawmakers’ pay when the Legislature fails to pass a balanced budget on time.
State Controller John Chiang sent a letter to lawmakers, telling that immediate action needs to be taken or California will run out of cash by early March.
he Legislature’s Democratic leaders have filed a lawsuit against the state controller for blocking lawmakers’ pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.
Proponents of an initiative that would turn California’s Legislature into a part-time body are already raising money for their cause.