Via Connecticut News Junkie, today brings good news and bad news on the Math is Hard: Budget Edition-front.
First the good news:
…[Rell] will have her budget office get together with the legislature’s budget office and the state Comptroller’s office to see if they can agree on the budget deficit.
In an emailed statement, Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he is encouraged by Rell’s announcement.
“It is apparent that the budget that Gov. Rell proposed two weeks ago will not put our fiscal house in order,” Looney said. “I appreciate Gov. Rell’s willingness to revise her projections and trust that when new deficit numbers are agreed upon, that she will work with the legislature to find solutions.”
The bad news? The Governor is still lying about the numbers!
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Tuesday that while she believes the budget she presented to the General Assembly earlier this month was balanced…
“I put together a budget based on the facts I had at the time,” she said. “I think we all agree the budget deficit continues to grow.”
No, we don’t all agree on that. All rational actors, acting in good faith, probably agree with that statement, but the Governor doesn’t even agree with herself on whether the budget is growing or shrinking!
And she believes that the budget presented on the 4th was balanced? So then, on the 2nd, when she said the deficit was $8 Billion, she was lying or off by $2 Billion. Or she was on the 4th in presenting her budget. Either way, the statements above should have made her nose grow. Long.
Jan. 20 OPM Director Robert Genuario – “I think its fair to say that we will be closer to 8 than to 6.”
Feb. 2 Governor Rell – “The red ink for the next two years, the period covered by my proposed budget, is nearly eight billion dollars.”
Feb. 4 Governor Rell’s Budget, presumably with preparation by Director Genuario (but at this point, who really knows; maybe they found it on the street and figured, why not?), closes a $6 Billion deficit.
Feb. 5 Lt. Gov. Fedele, on this site, says that the $8 Billion number did not come from the administration.
Feb. 17 Gov. Rell – “I put together a budget based on the facts I had at the time,” she said. “I think we all agree the budget deficit continues to grow.”
So, which facts did they have on the 20th and the 2nd? How did those facts lead to an $8 Billion deficit conclusion? Why did the “facts” change by Feb. 4th? How can “we all agree” when the Governor, and the administration can’t agree with themselves on a day-to-day basis? When the budget deficit reconciliation groups meet, will the person who “lost” a $2 Billion deficit in two days, for political reasons, be in the room?
How can the administration be trusted?