No balanced budget, no paycheck. That’s the message from State Controller John Chiang to California lawmakers. The Controller says he’ll permanently withhold legislators’ salaries and per diem starting June 16th if they haven’t approved a balanced budget by then.
Things are different this year because of voter-approved proposition 25, which says lawmakers permanently forfeit their pay if they don’t pass a budget by June 15. It gets tricky though, because lawmakers actually passed a budget bill in March. Problem is, it’s not quite balanced.
Controller John Chiang says that’s not good enough to satisfy prop. 25. He says he will “enforce the voters’ demand.” In the past lawmakers have temporarily forfeited their salaries when the budget was late – but they received that pay later.