I’d like to repost these statements from January:
“We want to pass the budget early, by April,” said Sen. John McKinney, minority leader.
“People are worried,” said Rep. Larry Cafero, minority leader. “They won’t stand for grandstanding.”(WFSB)
Speaker-elect Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, said he wants the Appropriations and the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committees to finish their work two weeks ahead of schedule.
“We want to make the process work as quickly as possible so we have time to get it done,” Donovan said.**
So there you have it: less than a week to go, and the budget is stuck in the mud. So much for early promises. This is something we’re used to, however. The leadership enjoys talking about big plans early in the session, but ultimately fails to live up to expectations. I fully expect the budget to remain undone by the time the gavel falls on the 2009 session next Wednesday.
In the end, it’s towns and cities who will end up hurting because of the legislature’s failure to pass a budget promptly.