According to the piece in today’s Sacramento PRAVDA linked here the budget proposal that the legislature will send to the governor some time tomorrow does include the 5% proposed civil service pay cut, which has yet to be agreed to by most state unions.
Among other things Jerry wants CalGrant recipients to receive decent grades in order to get their grants for school attendance. The
Democrat/Socialists in the state legislature think that is unreasonable. Jerry also wants to cut pay for domestic services like housecleaning and laundry being given to caregivers who live with their care recipients, typically family members being paid by taxpayers to do their own laundry and clean their own houses.
The Democrats are also willing to give CalWORKS grants cash aid without actually requiring them to get work or work training.
It’s instructive to watch a pack of thieves argue about how much OPM (other people’s money) they can give away without running the risk of a taxpayers revolt.
The Republicans have said they will refuse to participate in the process unless they get the budget bill at least 24 hours before the vote. Since their votes are not needed, that is a politically safe stance to take.
I wonder how quickly or reluctantly CCPOA will buy into the governor’s 5% plan? If they roll over too easily they will (justifiably) earn the scorn and wrath of the membership, who legitimately feel abused over years of furloughs that cut their pay but not their hours. If they are overly unpleasant they run the risk of serious negative feedback from the public and the legislature over being obstructive and unreasonable during times of harsh budget reality. In the real world there are sometimes no good answers.