Now that the Democrats have passed their budget, it seems it’s time for budget negotiations to actually get underway. The Democratic leadership and Gov. Rell will hold a meeting today at the governor’s mansion to try and hammer out an agreement before the end of the fiscal year comes around this Wednesday.
How sincere are they? It’s hard to know, though the posturing we’ve seen all month has continued. The governor delivered her response to the Democrats’ budget in the living room of a middle-class Newington couple (who, curiously, wouldn’t be directly affected by the Democrats’ proposed tax increases on the wealthy), while the Democrats held an event at the LifeStar landing pad at Hartford Hospital. Fortunately, no one seemed to need it right then.
I’d be surprised if any agreement happens before the end of the fiscal year, if only because all parties have been so inept at engaging one another and shutting off the rhetoric thus far.