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Brown speaks, somewhat, about budget veto

Thursday, June 16, 2011

imageSpeaking to reporters in Los Angeles after his YouTube-recorded state budget veto earlier today, Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t expand much on why he did it or what he expects to happen next. “We’re going to get something better. You can be sure of that.”

Add Brown: As to how the veto may affect lawmakers’ pay under Prop 25 requirements that they lose it for every day past June 15 that a budget isn’t passed, PolitiCal’s Anthony York offers this:

Still unanswered is whether lawmakers met their constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget by June 15. Failure to do so would result in lawmakers’ pay being forfeited until a budget is in place.

Brown declined to give his opinion on the matter. He said he planned to call state Controller John Chiang on Thursday afternoon, and that a decision on whether to pay lawmakers was “really the controller’s call.”

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