Friday, May 27, 2011

Politics: Sacramento lawmakers may not be punished for late budget - latimes.com

Politics: Sacramento lawmakers may not be punished for late budget - latimes.com

Fine print in a ballot measure voters passed last fall may contain a loophole allowing them to keep their pay and perks even if they make no more progress on passing a final spending plan.

Voters were assured that a ballot measure they passed last fall would punish lawmakers when the state budget is late, docking their pay and perks for every day that a spending plan is overdue.

Now the legislators' deadline is less than a month away, and the budget is nowhere near complete — but their checks could keep coming even if they make no more progress.

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