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Governor: No budget, no bills

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:12 pm in California budget, California Legislature, Schwarzenegger.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today vowed to veto all legislation that crosses his desk prior to receiving an acceptable budget from state lawmakers.

Hey, unlike that pesky plan to cut state workers’ salaries, which will take six months to reprogram the payroll computer system, the governor holds the power over his own pen.

Click here to read the governor’s comments or watch the press conference on video.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass had this to say about it: “Like the governor, we want to reach agreement on a budget that’s responsible and balanced, and 110 percent of our focus is on that. The Governor’s action today is yet another distraction that won’t have much impact other than the possible veto of public policy that moves our state forward.”

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  • John W.

    Ya know, some of you press folks ought to challenge the Controller’s claim that it would take moving heaven and earth to implement Arnold’s wage cut plan. Regardless of what one thinks of the plan itself, I’m highly skeptical of what the Controller has said. Seems to me (and others have said the same) that what you do is keep running the payroll system as is for now but just don’t issue the checks until there’s a budget. For those included in the cuts (hourly at $6.55 and managers at double that amount), you data dump the names and ID numbers onto a simple spreadsheet (a PC or MAC will do) and calculate monthly payroll at $1,053 or $2,106. If the controller can’t handle it, a payroll firm like ADP can do it for a small fee. When they return to the regular payroll, they can issue the regular checks that were missed, deducting the minimum wage amount that was paid. I hate it when people come up with phony excuses like that. I voted for Chiang because he seemed to have the financial credentials for the job, but now he’s just trying to play Spiderman for the state employees.

  • John W.

    Ya know, some of you press folks ought to challenge the Controller’s claim that it would take moving heaven and earth to implement Arnold’s wage cut plan. Regardless of what one thinks of the plan itself, I’m highly skeptical of what the Controller has said. Seems to me (and others have said the same) that what you do is keep running the payroll system as is for now but just don’t issue the checks until there’s a budget. For those included in the cuts (hourly at $6.55 and managers at double that amount), you data dump the names and ID numbers onto a simple spreadsheet (a PC or MAC will do) and calculate monthly payroll at $1,053 or $2,106. If the controller can’t handle it, a payroll firm like ADP can do it for a small fee. When they return to the regular payroll, they can issue the regular checks that were missed, deducting the minimum wage amount that was paid. I hate it when people come up with phony excuses like that. I voted for Chiang because he seemed to have the financial credentials for the job, but now he’s just trying to play Spiderman for the state employees.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I’m no IT expert but it does sound suspect to me, too. The state must have a system for giving employees raises, right?

  • ted ford

    they have made zero progress. This may be an unbridgeable gap. The only interesting suggestion I have heard is that of Willie Brown: that the simply adopt last year’s budget again. Maybe even reach back two years to get one sufficiently lower. Willie Brown is really one of the most practical minded politicians we’ve had. I think he could do quite well running for Governor. He’s quite appealling in his own way.

  • Brittanicus

    What do you think as caused the massive budget meltdown and escalating unemployment in California?
    Let’s face it confronting the huge budget deficit, brought upon the people of California from ‘Sanctuary city’ policies and allowing illegal aliens access to state, county and city welfare programs has caused a major disaster. Now Arnold and the state morons must look for other means to extract taxes and dollar bills from property owners to keep overcrowded schools running , the free health care (illegal alien) system and make room in the also overburdened prisons. The assembly is overrun with Latino radicals who reserve the right, to allow the influx of as many illegal third world country cheap labor force that can spirit into the border states. Arnold seems to have lost his way, or been intimidated by the Democratic-Liberal-Socialist makeup in Sacramento’s assembly.

    The major malefactor is the predatory employers, who hire cheap slave labor because its easy to exploit them. Chasing down illegal immigrants is mainly a waste of time, because their are millions of them, as they are being attracted by jobs. Giving ICE more funding and training regular police departments with more enforcement powers against the company CEO, directors or managers is a serious deterrent.

    If the E-verify system becomes mandatory and businesses become paranoid of the next ICE, sweep. Knowing that massive fines confiscation of assets and prison. Therefore our government must go after the pariah businesses, because they are the culprits and they must be held accountable.

    Appropriations of money and equipment would come from enactment of the Federal SAVE ACT (H.R.4088). Funding from bill is but a few cents, for what federal, state, county and local government expenditures are now to financial support illegal alien families.We cannot even comprehend the amount of money expounded, if AMNESTY becomes law.

    It’s also unthinkable if we keep underwriting illegal immigrants, while their employers collect the profits. Then their are the millions waiting quietly just over the undermanned border. YOU are the payee, the taxpayer? You need to realize the implications of irreversible OVERPOPULATION. Go to NUMBERSUSA, CAPSWEB, to learn the real truth and not the propaganda.