John Seiler’s Headline reads “John Chiang Blazes Future of CA Politics” Bold Prediction or Wishful thinking? A fun and thought provoking read!

As they said in old-school physics, nature abhors a vacuum. Passed last November, Proposition 25 marginalized California Republicans by dropping from two-thirds to a majority the threshold for passing a state budget. That left the Democratic majority in the Legislature unfettered in its spending mendacity.

Into the void stepped Controller John Chiang, a fellow Democrat, to run the numbers and say the budget was unbalanced — that it was no real budget. Therefore, as the guy who writes the checks for the state, he was docking the legislators’ pay.

The pay docking also was part of Prop. 25. Except that the initiative didn’t indicate exactly how the pay was supposed to be withheld. As with almost all initiatives in this state, it was badly written, with the details left to be sorted out by the courts — another full employment program for lawyers.

Excuse the legalese, but here’s the exact wording of Prop. 25 on the pay matter: Click here to read more.

CA Voters who Passed Prop 25 in 2010 have made us all a bunch of Wile E. Coyotes, off a cliff with a heavy anvil following us down!

Wile E. Cayote Genius CA Voters got what they signed up for. Yup! They fixed those Legislators Good. Gave up the 2/3rd requirement to pass a budget, and in return forced the legislators to pass a budget on time or else! NO BUDGET ON TIME, NO PAY! So, the clever devils “passed” a “budget” and the Gov promptly vetoed it because it was a sham. Business as usual except now Republicans have no power to veto tax increases. The rascals averted docked pay! The suckers are left falling off a cliff.

Clever CA Voters who passed California Proposition 25, Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget (2010)
Clever CA Voters think they’ve got it all handled now that they’ve removed all obstacles to the legislators who just want to do the right thing! Sure!
CA Voters i.e. Wily E. Coyotes, falling off a cliff–Gov Brown vetoes the stupid budget passed by the critters in the legislature so that they could do what they do every year–nothing that fixes our financial crisis–and still get paid on time, business as usual!

Here’s Richard Rider’s take on it:
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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In “War Against All Get Closer” it looks like Joel Fox is saying “See. I told you so!” about CA’s Prop 25 in 2010, and the Public Employee Unions backing it.

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tue, May 31st, 2011

I read with interest John Seiler’s column last week in CalWatchDog.org in which he described the plans of the California Federation of Teachers to raise taxes – many taxes: higher income taxes on the rich; oil severance taxes; business property taxes; taxes on services. Seiler was quoting from an article written by Marty Hittelman, president of the CFT.

What particularly caught my attention was Hittelman’s comment from the magazine article that passing Proposition 25 for a majority vote budget last year was only a first step. The goal is to lower the two-thirds vote for taxes.

I debated Hittelman a number of times on Prop 25 when it was on the ballot. I pointed out Prop 25’s flaws, that it opened up the possibility to new taxes and that the ultimate goal was to get at the two-thirds vote on taxes. Hittelman denied this. Click here to go to the story