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This night, at dinner, Valkyrie and I were grumbling about what a mess the legislature in California is, an how destructive it was to the state that they didn't pass a budget for about three months. Valkyrie was recounting how various state employees were getting furloughed, or getting their pay cut, and she said "I bet the legislators aren't getting their pay cut." Also, we should hit them where it hurt - their wallets.

I a burst of insight, I said "Don't cut their pay - get them where it really counts - campaign contributions."

So here's a proposal for a state initiative:

For every day in the current fiscal year that the state is operating without a budget, every member of the state legislature must forfeit one percent of their gross campaign contributions for that fiscal year into the state general fund.

In other words - if the budget is 50 days late, that's 50% of the campaign contributions forfeited to the general fund.

What do you think?

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Date: 2008-10-29 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dame-cordelia.livejournal.com
Now THAT's a good idea!

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Date: 2008-10-29 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feyandstrange.livejournal.com
Sure beats cutting the pay of the little guys who work for the state, or making my DMV close on weekends and crap like that. I have this vague feeling that there's a legal loophole and/or a problem with this one, but I can't sniff it out.

It won't punish anyone not running for re-election, for one thing. And it doesn't address the problem of what if the governor is the one constantly vetoing the budget - so add the gov to the list.

Just docking their pay and shoving their paychecks back into the general fund might not hurt.

Removing earmarks and chopping the budget into sections might also work. I keep thinking the budget process might be easier if it was chopped into pieces: first, they all fight it out in terms of "percentage of the general fund" or whatever - ten per cent to infrastructure, fifteen to education, ten to health care, and so on. Then each of *those* gets a separate budget. This might make a bigger mess though, if things like "repairing the schools and making them quakeproof" comes under infrastructure, but "buying books" comes from education and teacher salaries comes from "paying state employees". The poor school would go nuts.
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