The price is steep. Kern County’s estimated bill is $4,019 per day, which must be paid in advance of each day’s work. In Imperial County, the price is expected to be around $1,640 a day, Registrar Debbie Porter said. Each of those counties could be counting ballots for two weeks or longer.
The Los Angeles Democrat, who will be termed out of office in 2014, said in a statement issued this week that he wants to help ensure continued improvement with the state’s finances.
Democratic lawmakers want to spend the additional revenue to make up for years of budget cuts to programs serving women, children and the poor.
The Legislature’s Democratic leaders filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state controller for blocking lawmakers’ pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.