Dan Walters Daily: Dan isn't so sure the state budget under discussion is as gimmick-free as its authors say.
You could put some money on the likelihood that the Legislature will pass the budget bill today, an action that will ensure lawmakers continue to be paid.
Here's the operative language from Proposition 25 that's driving the process:
(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or of this Constitution, including subdivision (c) of this section, Section 4 of this article, and Sections 4 and 8 of Article III, in any year in which the budget bill is not passed by the Legislature by midnight on June 15, there shall be no appropriation from the current budget or future budget to pay any salary or reimbursement for travel or living expenses for Members of the Legislature during any regular or special session for the period from midnight on June 15 until the day that the budget bill is presented to the Governor. No salary or reimbursement for travel or living expenses forfeited pursuant to this subdivision shall be paid retroactively.
That doesn't mean, however, that Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have made a budget deal. They're still haggling over issues ranging from CalWorks to county funds. Those talks could continue into next week.
Pay or work schedule changes for state workers are also still up in the air.
SEIU Local 1000 is waiting for a response from the Brown administration to a proposal to that includes flexible furloughs. Legislative leaders would clearly prefer not to get involved.
CAKE and CANDLES: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, who was born on this date in 1965.