Controller Halts Lawmaker Pay

The state budget passed and then vetoed was not balanced

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 8:31 PM PDT
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Controller Halts Lawmaker Pay

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California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on Jan. 31, 2011.

The state budget passed by California lawmakers and then vetoed by the governor was out of balance by nearly $2 billion, meaning state lawmakers will not be paid, State Controller John Chiang announced Tuesday.

Under Proposition 25, the "On-Time Budget Act of 2010," lawmakers cannot be paid starting June 16 until a balanced budget is passed.

“My office’s careful review of the recently-passed budget found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished,” Chiang wrote in a press release. “The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the Governor.”

Chiang's audit (pdf)  found that spending exceeded revenues by $1.85 billion, with the largest problem being the level of funding guaranteed for education under Prop 98.

The June 15 budget fell $1.3 billion short in education funding.

Other problems centered on fees that were added as anticipated revenue stemming from bills that were never passed. These included $320 million in hospital fees, $103 million in taxes on managed care plans and $300 million in vehicle registarion charges.

Read the complete press release here.

Prop Zero columnist Joe Mathews says the Governor shouldn't get paid either.

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