The California Constitution mandates that a budget be passed by June 15 of each year. The legislature finally did pass the budget on March 17, 2011, a mere nine months late, but still has not acted on how to fund it. Specifically, will redevelopment agencies be axed and tax hikes be extended? Remember this . The TAX EXTENSIONS will not happen , it all a big smoke screen by the State Government ( Gov. Brown ) to play games rather than to settle with a bipartisan budget plan . How's that? Remember the Games that Arnold played with the Democrats by vetoing their budget plan , now it's Jerry's turn ! The same games , and NO BUDGET . I can't say that I am a psychic , but the vary nature of the way things were done in the PAST only Proves that NO BUDGET will be done before September of 2011 . June 15trh will come and go , and July 1 as well . Heehaw.
It is now almost one year past the deadline and due to the endlessly squabbling, the California Legislature has failed to act on funding. Heck, they probably won’t even pass funding for last year’s budget before this year’s budget vote is due! And they’ll probably ignore that deadline too. In fact, they’ve only passed a budget on time five times since 1980.
Thus, California lawmakers would appear to be in violation of the Constitution. Since they continually ignore the Constitution, the only conclusion that can be reached is that they are contemptuous of it or think it doesn’t apply to them. Since there are no penalties for not passing a budget, they are free to ignore it. Gosh, what an inspiring message for the youth of California. Maybe one day you too can grow up and ignore the Constitution.
In November, voters approved Proposition 25, which said state lawmakers would be docked their pay if they were late in approving a “budget bill.” Earlier this year, the Legislature approved several billion dollars in budget cuts, but not enough to craft a balanced budget. Some were arguing that those budget cuts were enough to constitute a “budget bill” — meaning lawmakers shouldn’t get their pay cut if a balanced budget isn’t approved by June 15. The Secretary of the Senate, Greg Schmidt, even told the Los Angeles Times that what’s needed for lawmakers to get paid this year “has already been done.”
Well, apparently, the State Controller isn’t buying it. In a prepared statement released this morning, Chiang said “In passing Proposition 25 last November, voters clearly stated they expect their representatives to make the difficult decisions needed to resolve any budget shortfalls by the mandatory deadline, or be penalized. I will enforce the voters’ demand.”
In other words, the clock is ticking if state lawmakers want to continue to get paid. The state still must address a $9.6 billion deficit. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to extend taxes implemented in 2009 to cover the gap. Republican lawmakers — so far — have been steadfastly against it. There is talk, however, that a Republicans are open to extending the taxes in exchange for pension reform and a hard spending cap, among other things.
There’s also talk, incidentally, that lawmakers will begin earnest negotiations next week, on June 8, starting, possibly, with a lock in of one or both houses. Locking lawmakers in to the Capitol, of course, creates pressure to get a deal done. Cutting their pay, obviously, will create some pressure too.
I would like to SEE the UNIONS instead of PROTESTING the "CUTS" . TO GO and PICKET SACRAMENTO to get the LAWMAKERS to get the JOB done.