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JUNE 16, 2011 3:22PM
California budget Kabuki dance continues
by Richard Rider
The Sacramento Kabuki dance continues. As I publicly predicted, our state legislature (well, the Democrat majority) passed a state "budget" on time -- to avoid forfeiture of pay for tardiness. And as I predicted 10 November, 2010, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed the absurd submission. The only surprise is the speed with which Brown rejected the legislators' fantasy plan.
The budget submitted was a particularly imaginative piece -- a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could -- he vetoed the mess.
Oddly enough, it's doubtful that many state legislators are upset with the veto. Indeed, it Brown HAD approved it, then the repercussions later in the year when the fraud became apparent would have been more harmful politically than the veto today.
Now comes the part that will shock the voters -- something that will become apparent in the next 24 hours of news analysis. Most will assume that, with the governor's veto, the forfeiture of all legislative pay will commence, as the budget is now past the 15 June deadline. But when Prop 25, the "Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget," was passed, few understood that it mandated only that a budget -- ANY budget -- must be passed by the state legislature by 15 June. A gubernatorial veto has no effect on the satisfactory completion of that requirement.
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