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California needs another law - this one is for the people
Asking the right questions
You have the power to make a difference in the state’s budget mess, help clean it up and prevent future budget turmoil. Just ask your current state legislator, and before the June 5 election, ask each candidate for election to state legislative office whether they would introduce, or at least support, a measure to clarify who is responsible for enforcing California's state Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. Technically, it seems to me that the Governor and Legislature are in violation of the balanced budget requirements, but some people obviously disagree. Based on an April 25 Sacramento Superior court ruling, if the Legislature declares the budget is balanced when they pass the budget act on June 15, it is balanced and presented on-time. When State Controller Chiang challenged this, the court told him he does not have the power to make an independent determination whether the budget is balanced or not and therefore cannot dock the pay of legislators for failure to meet the Constitutional requirements per Proposition 25 (2010). Who then, shall enforce the Constitution when it is obvious the budget is unbalanced but the legislature simply declares otherwise? It is the courts, according to the court. Should we the people have to go to court every June 15 when it becomes obvious the budget is not balanced, but the legislature might have disagreed? It seems to me some clarification is in order. As much as I do not like adding laws to the books, this situation seems to call for legislative action in more ways than one.