The June 3rd deadline for the end of the legislative session is fast approaching, and it’s starting to look like after it’s come and gone, we still won’t have a budget. Gov. Rell and legislative leaders still remain far apart on many issues. From the Connecticut Post:
“I am hopeful that we could still pass the budget,” Rell told reporters in the Capitol.
Democrats have complained that Rell hasn’t offered revisions to the $38.4 billion spending package she proposed in February that sharply declining has eroded by $2 billion.
The governor charges that Democrats have not adequately cut current spending levels. (Dixon)
The rest of the article details how far apart the two sides seem to be. CTNJ has a lot of good quotes from lawmakers, including one who flat out says that he doesn’t think a budget will happen before the end of June, and the Republican-American reports on the back-and-forth between Rell and top Democrats.
Rell wants to see action on agency consolidations. Democrats continue to contend that Rell’s plans don’t actually cover the deficit. And while both sides remain “optimistic,” the rhetoric surrounding the budget doesn’t seem to have changed much at all since February.
So much for the big promises of getting it done early this year.
Dixon, Ken. “No budget likely by end of session.” Connecticut Post 19 May, 2009.