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Correa: Don't pay me

Sen. Lou Correa has sent a letter to the state controller asking that he not be paid for as long as it takes the state to pass a budget. The new fiscal year began on July 1.

Below is the full letter:

July 3, 2007

Dear State Controller Chiang:

As you are aware, the State of California has begun the new fiscal year without passage of a State Budget and its spending authorities.

I recognize that differing perspectives are being weighed and issues being negotiated; however, while this give and take is occurring, many other Californians face the possibilities of shortages and non payments for both services and goods provided.

I regard the constitutional deadline for passage of a State Budget as more than an arbitrary measure, but as a responsibility that reasonable people should be resolved to meet. Our State's citizens and our many vendors deserve that effort.

Accordingly, I respectfully request that you withhold my salary until such time as the 2007 - 2008 budget is passed.

I appreciate your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

LOU CORREA

State Senator, 34th District

Of course, he'll collect the back pay once the budget is passed.

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