We Want Our IOUs
State Controller John Chiang said Tuesday that without a state budget, California's government would be unable to pay its bills in late August (or maybe early September). That means issuing IOUs to some people. Possible dates for IOUs could be either Aug. 27 or Aug. 31, when big payments to schools are due, according to this schedule on the controller's website.
This announcement, in the upside down world of California's badly broken budget politics, felt almost like good news. With lawmakers and the governor making little progress on the budget -- and showing little interest in making that little progress -- the threat of IOUs seemed to provide hope that there's a deadline out there, somewhere in the near future, that might force these guys to pass a budget.
Comment: Last Summer