Monday, May 23, 2011

No-pay loophole: Legislators risk voter backlash from no-pay loophole - latimes.com

No-pay loophole: Legislators risk voter backlash from no-pay loophole - latimes.com

All the Legislature's vacillation and obstinacy on budget-balancing is about to hit home. Literally. In the lawmakers' own pocketbooks.

Legislators, we had been told, have until June 15 — their previously ignored constitutional deadline —to pass a state budget or lose pay and expense money.

That hammer was wielded by California voters last November when they approved Proposition 25the landmark measure that mainly allowed budgets — but not tax increases — to be passed on a simple majority legislative vote.

Now we learn some in the state Capitol are fantasizing that by merely passing a partial spending plan and calling it a budget, this will satisfy the voters' "no budget, no pay" edict.

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