Controller John Chiang said in an interview on FOX Business Network today that legal action against his decision to withhold legislators' pay "would be ill advised."
Chiang announced yesterday that he would block legislators' pay because the budget approved ahead of last week's legislative deadline for approving a spending plan did not meet the on-time budget requirements set by Proposition 25.
While a challenge to his decision has not been filed, many legislators have questioned the legality of the move to dock their pay.
"Last week when I raised the same issue about the budget that they passed in March not being balanced, nobody challenged it. It's not until I said that this budget where they're not getting paid that people starting challenging any authority," Chiang told host Stuart Varney in an interview that aired this morning.
Watch the full appearance below: