Sacramento ÛÒ California State Controller John Chiang agreed to block lawmakers’ pay today after the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association delivered a letter to Chiang last Friday demanding he withhold pay for Legislators’ failure to pass a balanced budget by the Constitutional deadline.
As lawmakers now threaten to sue the State Controller the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association stands behind Chiang in his decision.
“If the State Controller is sued by those who failed to do the jobs they were elected to do we will stand with Chiang” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “We won’t sit idly by as the Democrat majority shirks their responsibilities to the people.”
Even Governor Jerry Brown in his veto of the budget last week said the Legislature had passed a budget that was not “balanced.”
“It is poetic justice that the Democrats in the Legislature and their puppet masters in the public employee unions have been hoisted upon their own petard by Propositions 98 and 25” said Jon Coupal President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “Now instead of blaming the Controller or the Republicans they need to do their job: pass a balanced budget based on real revenue. Families businesses and the vast majority of other states have done this and they can too.”