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 said Thursday he will withhold lawmakers’ pay starting June 16 unless they have passed a balanced budget by then.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to slash spending and extend tax increases to balance the state budget is just the first step in a long process.
Governor-elect Jerry Brown made a brief stop at the state Capitol on Thursday, meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers from both parties to get an insider’s glimpse at the state’s fiscal problems.
The results of Tuesday’s election still haven’t been certified, and Governor-elect Jerry Brown and the state Senate minority leader have already started the discussion on how to help small businesses and spur job creation in the private sector.
Democrats retained control of both legislative chambers and won a major victory in this week’s elections when voters approved Proposition 25, lowering the threshold to pass a state budget from a two-thirds vote to a simple majority.
An initiative designed to make it easier for the Legislature to adopt a state budget has passed.
Would allowing legislators to enact a state budget without a two-thirds majority solve California’s budget problems? And should it be more difficult for lawmakers to impose new fees?
Outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office hangs a clock of sorts. But instead of telling time, it shows how many days the state has been without a budget and calculates a running tab of how much that’s costing taxpayers.