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California Budget Countdown

Sacramento, CA — California legislators will no longer receive a paycheck if a new budget is not approved by June 15.


State Controller John Chiang says he will uphold Proposition 25, which was approved by voters last November. The initiative lowered the vote requirement for passing a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. It also requires members of the legislature to forfeit their salary and any reimbursement for travel and living expenses incurred from June 16 until “the day that the budget bill is presented to the Governor.”


Chiang states in a news release from his office, “I will enforce the voters demand.” Chiang adds that payments forfeited will not be paid retroactively.


June 15 is the Constitutional deadline to pass a new budget.