Controller Weighs Lawmaker Pay

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 7:44am

California Controller John Chiang

California’s State Controller is expected to decide this week whether state lawmakers should continue to get paid. The budget they recently passed was vetoed by the governor.

This is the first test of proposition 25. The initiative approved by voters last year said if lawmakers didn’t pass a balanced budget by the June 15th deadline, they’d forfeit their pay until a spending plan was approved. Democrats passed a majority-vote budget on that date, but Governor Brown vetoed it. Controller John Chiang is investigating whether they should be paid.

Chiang’s office says he’s determining whether the legislature’s budget pencils out. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is threatening to sue if the Controller decides to pay lawmakers.

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