It’s official, there’s going to be a vote on the budget tomorrow. Democrats are finally ready to vote on a budget that will, more than likely, be swiftly vetoed by a recalcitrant governor.
Just one problem: no one has seen it yet.
[T]he budget lawmakers are expected to vote on Thursday doesn’t yet exist in any final readable form.
Republican leaders in the House and the Senate said Wednesday afternoon that they have not seen a final draft of the proposal and neither have Democratic lawmakers.
Doug Whiting, spokesman for Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, said a draft of the proposal will not be ready until Thursday morning. (Stuart)
That ought to be a fun debate. In fact, I’m guessing that a lot of what’s in there is not going to be all that popular with the opposing party, the governor, or the moderate to conservative wing of the Democratic party, so best to get it passed before anyone gets a chance to actually read the thing.
The budget is already seriously late. The governor will probably veto it out of pique even if it’s relatively reasonable. There is, to be blunt, no hope of a budget being in place for the start of the fiscal year. It would kill them to have an ounce of respect for the process, and at least pretend not to just be ramming this thing through, by waiting another day or two?
To the Democratic leadership: let members read it. Let them really consider it. Then vote. Don’t pretend to suddenly be in a righteous rush, the time for that passed a month ago!
Here’s an idea: how about the Senate votes Friday, and the House on Monday? That still gives you a few days before the end of the fiscal year (Tuesday), and it’ll give everyone a little time to read the bill and think it over.
…Anyway, there will probably be a vote tomorrow, following what I’m sure will be some lovely political theater at the Capitol. What will they actually be voting on? Your guess is as good as mine right now.
Stuart, Christine. “First Budget Vote Expected Tomorrow.” CT News Junkie 24 June, 2009.