Legislators still being paid for fake budget

June 25, 2012

By John Seiler

If the California government followed its own laws, right now state legislators’ pay would be suspended. They would be applying for EBT cards.

According to Prop. 25, which voters passed in 2010, the Legislature must pass a balanced budget by the June 15 deadline or legislators’ pay is suspended. They haven’t passed a balanced budget. But they’re still being paid.

That’s because a judge ruled in April this year that their pay wrongly was suspended for a couple of days in 2011 by Controller John Chiang because the budget wasn’t balanced. But Chiang writes the checks. If he can’t suspend the legislators’ pay, who is supposed to enforce Prop. 25? The judge said only the Legislature itself could do so. It’s like saying traffic violators get to determine how much their fines are.

Prop. 25 was sold to voters because it dropped from two-thirds to a majority vote the threshold for passing a state budget; excepting only tax increases, which remain at the two-thirds level. Legislators then were supposed to be disciplined by the pay suspension threat.

But it turned out the whole thing was an elaborate con job on the voters. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David Brown, who dumped the pay suspension, if he was serious in his objections should have struck down the whole of Prop. 29. He didn’t. Judges, after all, depend on their pay, perks and pensions on the Legislature. And the courts have been facing severe budget cuts.

So the voters are turned once again into suckers. And the budget farce continues.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 25 June, 2012, 20:31

    The filthy lackies of the RAGWUS have no soul, honor, or integrity, and minimal math skills!! 🙂

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 25 June, 2012, 23:41

    A budget is an estimate. Get a grip. They smoked us, for there is no money…invented it. You do not want taxes…they no cuts.

    BAM!

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 June, 2012, 23:52

    A budget is an estimate
    ==
    A budget is a BUDGET, it is NOT an “estimate”.

    Teddy, what have you been smoking??????

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2012, 07:32

    It is painful dealing with ignorance!

    Budgerts are guidelines and approximate.

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 June, 2012, 09:28

    Teddy, tell us, just how PAINFUL is it to look in the mirror every morning and see a GED gov dork/scammer staring back at you 😉

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2012, 10:23

    Never ever call your debate buddies insulting names that could hurt their self esteem.

    It is not fair!!!!

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 June, 2012, 10:33

    Dork is a term of endearment 😉

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2012, 13:27

    Some day we should do lunch at your truck stop’s diner!!

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 June, 2012, 15:11

    Name the time Teddy, I will come on your lunch break, as a diswasher at a truck stop it should be easy for you to schedule me in

    BAM!!!!!!! 😉

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2012, 16:01

    What is a dish washer?

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  11. Donkey
    Donkey 26 June, 2012, 18:33

    UH Wrote: “Budgerts are guidelines and approximate.”

    No wonder they have no concept of unfunded liability or unsustainable pensions and pay. Wow, I believed all along that the RAGWUS members really knew the game they are playing, now I will have to go off on a tangent that maybe they are just like drunk teenagers, have no clue that they are about to hurt themselves and others while driving this state into the ground. 😉

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2012, 18:59

    Dah?

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 June, 2012, 21:47

    Teddy, clean my plates 🙂

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