No allowance if you don’t do your homework
California’s Legislature rushed through a budget last week that they thought was balanced. The State Comptroller has ruled otherwise, and now he is withholding lawmakers’ salaries, the New York Times reports today:
California lawmakers will lose at least a week’s pay and living expenses because the state budget they passed last week was not balanced, the state controller said Tuesday.
When the Legislature approved the budget, several lawmakers praised themselves for passing it on time for only the second time in two decades. And they assumed that meeting the deadline would allow them to collect their full paychecks.
The state controller, John Chiang, had been reviewing the budget for the last several days, using his authority under the new law to determine whether the budget was balanced.
“My office’s careful review of the recently passed budget found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished,” Mr. Chiang said in a statement. “The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the governor.”