Back and Forth Over Budget

CTNJ has the story of letters being sent back and forth, the very tersest of which was this one from the governor to the Democrats.

What’s happening here is that both the Democrats and Gov. Rell are essentially daring one another to either pass or present a balanced budget. If Rell proposes a new balanced budget, it will either be ignored or publicly torn to shreds by the Democrats. If the Democrats pass their budget, the governor will veto it. That’s the way budget negotiations are working this year.

I think Ted Mann has it right, this is just passing the buck back and forth. Meanwhile, June 3rd is rapidly approaching, and towns are waiting to find out about state aid this year so they can finalize their own budgets.

This posturing isn’t helping anyone.

Unions Vote on Concessions This Week

State employee unions are voting on the concessions deal that was recently worked out. Among those unions who have already voted, the deal has passed overwhelmingly.

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5 responses to “Back and Forth Over Budget

  1. are people still expecting jodi rell to provide leadership? *gasp*

    that would ruin her whole image!

    how dare she be asked to fix the budget deficit?! better to keep your poll numbers up if you sit back and do nothing.

  2. wtfdnucsailor

    I wonder if the Dems are stalling until all of the unions vote on the Governor’s package. I understand that the various unions vote in different ways and means depending on the individual union constitution. Since that process will take weeks, it makes some sense to wait until the concessions are a sure thing before passing a meaningful budget (if that is even possible).

  3. I wonder if the Dems are stalling until all of the unions vote on the Governor’s package. I understand that the various unions vote in different ways and means depending on the individual union constitution. Since that process will take weeks, it makes some sense to wait until the concessions are a sure thing before passing a meaningful budget (if that is even possible).

    Maybe, but they could always pass a budget contingent on the Unions’ approval. I don’t believe the leadership has even taken their proposal to the caucus. Mann’s point that more Democrats are coming from more affluent districts that will be impacted by the Dems” tax proposal is a good one. A caucus vote could be contentious, and they might not emerge with a solid front.
    Rell’s letter is calling their hand. If they have the votes they should run their budget, but passing it by a small margin and demonstrating that they can’t hold their caucus together would put them immediately on the defensive and weaken their position in the final analysis.

  4. Carcharodon Carcharias

    getgear-

    It seems that your comments are applicable to the legislative democats as well.
    They lack any semblance of leadership despite their huge numbers. Given the
    opportunity to actually show a little intestinal fortitude during our budget
    crisis they simply proposed the largest tax increase in state history- that’s
    the EASY way out.

    Now the legislature is wasting their time talking about dissection in the
    classroom and and plastic bags. Do Donovan and Williams realize we don’t
    have a budget a yet? June 3rd is not so far from now…

    Where’s the leadership from the democrats?

  5. Clickety_Clak

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