A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Ed Hernandez aims to bulletproof state worker pay in the event of future budget stalemates.
AB 1125, which you can read by clicking here, "would continuously appropriate from the General Fund and other specified funds to the Controller an amount necessary for the
payment of compensation and employee benefits to state employees, as defined, for work performed on or after July 1 of a fiscal year for which no budget has been enacted."
Clearly, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won't sign the bill if it reaches his desk, and it's hard to envision the Legislature coming up with the two-thirds vote to override a veto.
We expect the bill will be one of those that keeps resurfacing, nonetheless. But here's the larger question: Would the next governor, Republican or Democrat, sign such a bill?