Budget Unlikely by Session End

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.

Source
Dixon, Ken. “No budget likely by end of session.” Connecticut Post 19 May, 2009.

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20 responses to “Budget Unlikely by Session End

  1. Yes, this would be a great time to run up the expenses on the CT taxpayers with a special session. More caucus dinners and staff to pay. How much does each day cost us?

    Better revamp those deficit numbers…up….again!

  2. Other than being the end of the F/Y, what makes June 30 so sacred?
    They aren’t close to solving the deficit for the current year and will no doubt end up borrowing the balance.
    Now that the state employees have “contibuted” about 10% or less (keeping in mind that approximately 20% of this package is simply a deferral of current obligations to the pension trust) of the projected deficit and locked in their “no layoff” clause, a good portion of the upcoming budget is off limits.
    Tax hikes seem inevitable, but simply trying to shift the burden to SW Connecticut will be a tough sell with the Dems from Fairfield County. And Fairfield County was particularly dependent on the financial industry so it’s fair to assume that a lot of those incomes aren’t there any more. No doubt any tax hikes are going to have to be more broad based, and that makes it even more problematic. $5 0r 6 Billion is a lot of taxes.
    June 30? Maybe? But what year?

  3. The good news is that Jodi’s keeping herself out of negotiations opting instead to send in a woman who’s a loyal as a U.S. Marine and “negotiates” in a similar fashion – Lisa Moody.

    I wonder how many times she’s grabbed Williams around the throat and made him wet his pants so far?

  4. scanman1722

    Ted Mann has a good article from yesterday explaining the options used when a budget could not be reached during the last two budget meltdowns in 1991 and 2003. Certainly worth the read:

    http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=64940892-31be-401a-a1f4-d5c496a4610f

  5. Derek Slap

    Majority Democrats delivered a budget nearly three weeks early. They knew it would be criticized but hoped that those who did criticize it would at least put their own alternative balanced budget on the table. Incredibly, that still hasn’t happened.

  6. Majority Democrats delivered a budget nearly three weeks early. They knew it would be criticized but hoped that those who did criticize it would at least put their own alternative balanced budget on the table. Incredibly, that still hasn’t happened.

    Mr. Slap,

    Democrats have a 2/3 super majority in both the House and Senate. Are you telling us the problem is the 1/3 who are not in control? Why don’t you just pass YOUR budget and deliver it to the Governor for her approval?

    How about you Democrats show some real leadership and stop blaming the super minority. You got the power….use it!

  7. Mr. Reality

    I still don’t understand Derek why the Dems didn’t put a budget together that they believed in? The Dems have supermajority you can pass anything!!! Take the bull by the horns and stick it up the Gov’s “you-know- what!!!”

    You can blame the Governor all you want…but your guys are the ones afraid of getting blamed. You are making a great case for term limits.

  8. Joe Sixpack

    Legislative Republicans put out an alternative to Porn Star Don Williams’ budget a month ago. Incredibly, Mr. Slap neglects to mention that. Message to the super-majority – get over yourselves and finish the job.

  9. Joe Sixpack

    Oh, and how about addressing the lady killer O’Rourke and Double Dip Gaffey? Since there is not budget to take up the time of the legislature, how about cleaning up some of your filthy laundry for a change?

  10. Mr. Reality

    Good one Joe! Remember when ethics were a top priority of the legislature? I remember when people like Andy Sauer and Tom Swan cared about this issue too. Now one can only assume that they endorse the actions of Gaffey and O’Rourke… and Dodd for that matter. Talk about lack of credibilty.

  11. Says the Slapper:

    Majority Democrats delivered a budget nearly three weeks early. They knew it would be criticized but hoped that those who did criticize it would at least put their own alternative balanced budget on the table. Incredibly, that still hasn’t happened.

    Ugh! Get off this page you hack! I can’t believe you people are still trying to vend this canned shit to everyone.

    An alternative that does balanced has been placed on the table. Legislative Dems have the votes to pound through what they want. Of course, there is a REASON they don’t do it.

    Cowardice.

    If House and Senate Dems push through their $3 billion tax increase and their economy-assassinating %30 corporate tax there will be hell to pay next year at the polls. They need GOP buy in to cover their exposed pink parts.

  12. Derek Slap

    A few things:

    The Democrats’ budget is the ony budget to close the full deficit. It is surprising that some suggest the governor doesn’t need to offer an alternative and that the best solution is simply to pass a budget that she will veto.

    We said from the beginning that we need the governor to come to the table and help pass a budget. This needs to be a bipartisan solution. If she wants $2 billion in additional cuts, why not tell us what those are? She has known for months that her budget was insufficient and here we are with two weeks left… and no solutions.

    One note: Using this space to anonymously hurl personal attacks is really shameless. Can’t this be about policy, not insults?

  13. Majority Democrats delivered a budget nearly three weeks early. They knew it would be criticized but hoped that those who did criticize it would at least put their own alternative balanced budget on the table. Incredibly, that still hasn’t happened.

    Unbelieveable.

    As Puf astutely notes, the majority party does have enough votes to pass this wonderful package into law.

    It would carry a whopping tax hike of course but it’s shocking that if Slap is so sure it’s a great thing for our state, his bosses haven’t pushed it through.

    The taxpayers are footing the bill for his kind of political PR?

    Major waste ‘o cash.

  14. Couldn’t agree more with the above posts. What good is a super majority if you can’t use it. The legislative leaders need to grow some cojones, if they want to protect all of their little pet programs. The days of easy solutions are gone. You just can’t continue to raise taxes on a few rich people in Fairfield who don’t vote for you anyway as your budget solution every year. They don’t have the money or they are moving some place else. Will the last person left in Connecticut turn off the lights.

  15. “They don’t have the money or they are moving some place else.”

    It’s already happened — this from the WSJ: “Finally, there is the issue of whether high-income people move away from states that have high income-tax rates. Examining IRS tax return data by state, E.J. McMahon, a fiscal expert at the Manhattan Institute, measured the impact of large income-tax rate increases on the rich ($200,000 income or more) in Connecticut, which raised its tax rate in 2003 to 5% from 4.5%; in New Jersey, which raised its rate in 2004 to 8.97% from 6.35%; and in New York, which raised its tax rate in 2003 to 7.7% from 6.85%. Over the period 2002-2005, in each of these states the “soak the rich” tax hike was followed by a significant reduction in the number of rich people paying taxes in these states relative to the national average. Amazingly, these three states ranked 46th, 49th and 50th among all states in the percentage increase in wealthy tax filers in the years after they tried to soak the rich.”

  16. Hey, give Pornstachio and his dogsbody, Slappy, a break … at least Donny HAS learned to count votes after that humiliating experience with Joan Hartley — who still suffers for highlighting the grotesque incompetence of Williams and his cabal.

    Williams knows he can’t pass the tax budget. He knows Rell has him — AGAIN — by the curlies.

    And it burns, Precious. It burnses.

  17. We said from the beginning that we need the governor to come to the table and help pass a budget. This needs to be a bipartisan solution. If she wants $2 billion in additional cuts, why not tell us what those are? She has known for months that her budget was insufficient and here we are with two weeks left… and no solutions.

    So again Mr. Slap, call the vote and send it to the Governor and stop blaming the super minority for your inability to get things done. You guys act as if it was your party in the super minority. Toughen up and do your job!

  18. The Democrats’ budget is the ony budget to close the full deficit. It is surprising that some suggest the governor doesn’t need to offer an alternative and that the best solution is simply to pass a budget that she will veto.

    Derek:

    The Democrats’ budget isn’t anywhere close to being “balanced.” You, and the other geniuses on the left, are proposing raising tax rates, which doesn’t raise as much tax revenue as you think it would. Even though everyone in your party refuses to acknowledge this inarguable phenomenon, rich people leave when you raise their taxes:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124260067214828295.html

    Finally, there is the issue of whether high-income people move away from states that have high income-tax rates. Examining IRS tax return data by state, E.J. McMahon, a fiscal expert at the Manhattan Institute, measured the impact of large income-tax rate increases on the rich ($200,000 income or more) in Connecticut, which raised its tax rate in 2003 to 5% from 4.5%; in New Jersey, which raised its rate in 2004 to 8.97% from 6.35%; and in New York, which raised its tax rate in 2003 to 7.7% from 6.85%. Over the period 2002-2005, in each of these states the “soak the rich” tax hike was followed by a significant reduction in the number of rich people paying taxes in these states relative to the national average. Amazingly, these three states ranked 46th, 49th and 50th among all states in the percentage increase in wealthy tax filers in the years after they tried to soak the rich.

    As you know (or as I hope you know), Connecticut’s budget is balanced on the backs of a relative handful of rich people. If they leave, our tax revenue leaves. It’s that simple, and frankly, Democrats, it’s your call.

  19. Joe Sixpack

    Oh, and don’t forget how much the D’s want to borrow to “balance” their budget. After raiding the rainy Day fund for ongoing expenses the next two years. Message to Slap – It’s not just raining, it’s freaking POURING. And the best response is to run up more debt service and HOPE that the economy turns around?

  20. Slap:

    One note: Using this space to anonymously hurl personal attacks is really shameless.

    Shameless, sir, is using the line “honest conversation with the people of Connecticut” over and over again, such as your boss does, when there is no honesty to be found in his remarks.

    Can’t this be about policy, not insults?

    Sure. Once your policies are no longer an insult.

    I’m just having an honest conversation with the people of Connecticut.

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