Says outgoing Speaker Jim Amann of the possibility of a special session on January 2nd:
“There’s nothing in there of urgency that couldn’t be done in the regular session, but we’re not going to get caught in the trap of doing nothing.”
Why the urgency from the soon-to-be-ex Speaker? Wasn’t it just two months ago when he was saying this to Ray Hackett?
“We’ve had bigger deficits than this in the past, and we dealt with them without special sessions.”
A month later, of course, Amann seemed to realize how serious the situation was, and labeled the state’s fiscal situation “…the worst I’ve seen it,” comparing it to the crisis of the Weicker years. The legislature held a special session in November, and will likely hold one in January if Amann has his way.
Could have something to do with the rollout of Amann’s gubernatorial campaign? See below:
Think about what he said above again. “[W]e’re not going to get caught in the trap of doing nothing.” Everyone hear the unspoken “again” at the end of that sentence?
Amann doesn’t want the label of a “do nothing” Speaker following him around if he can help it. He wants to be active, especially now that he thinks it’s likely that Rell won’t run again. He wants to show that he’s out in front on the deficit. It makes political sense to go along with the governor and hold the session, rather than drag his feet and suffer the consequences.
I’m guessing the session will go ahead.