Jun
17
2011

Budget kabuki in California.

Let me sum up the situation: Democratic Governor Jerry Brown of California vetoed a garbage budget that the Democratic controlled-legislature of California hastily passed under a deadline so as to not lose any of their paychecks (there was an initiative passed that makes that the penalty for not passing a budget).  The Governor instead wants his garbage budget passed, complete with ‘temporary’ tax hikes, but would rather blame Republican legislators for insisting on getting ‘spending caps and pension reform’ in return for the tax hikes than in, say, actually instituting spending caps and pension reform.  And the aforementioned penalty for a late budget?  Turns out that there’s a loophole: the legislature just had to pass something, so they’re going to end up keeping their salaries.  Just you watch.

In other words, welcome to California.  Here’s your accordion!

Moe Lane

(Via AoSHQ Headlines)

3 Comments

  • Neil Stevens says:

    Ehh, I don’t blame you for being nasty to Jerry Brown, but I think there’s more to it.

    Brown’s tax-hike proposal would have been Constitutional. The one passed by the legislative dems by bare majority vote was not, as I covered at RS.

    I think Brown actually wants to have a non-negative legacy this time, and passing a budget which would have the bottom ripped out from it when the taxes were tossed out in court, would be a very bad legacy of a massive deficit.

  • […] I was absolutely certain that there was insufficient moral courage in the California state government to actually make stick the new rule that if California legislators don’t produce a balanced budget on time every year, then California legislators don’t get paid until they actually do produce a budget.  That’s probably because I’m a bit cynical when it comes to political foxes and fiscal hen-houses, particularly when it comes to rapidly-becoming-failed states like California.  So I assumed that Gov. Brown’s veto was, while nice, just part of the political kabuki theater that is West Coast politics. […]

  • […] I was absolutely certain that there was insufficient moral courage in the California state government to actually make stick the new rule that if California legislators don’t produce a balanced budget on time every year, then California legislators don’t get paid until they actually do produce a budget.  That’s probably because I’m a bit cynical when it comes to political foxes and fiscal hen-houses, particularly when it comes to rapidly-becoming-failed states like California.  So I assumed that Gov. Brown’s veto was, while nice, just part of the political kabuki theater that is West Coast politics. […]

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