The state’s new fiscal year starts tomorrow regardless of whether or not there is a budget in place for it. Legislative leaders and the Governor are working on a deal, but things don’t sound promising. From CT News Junkie:
“We’re certainly meeting and it would be our goal obviously to have a budget agreement in place before the end of the fiscal year, but on a personal note I think it’s more important that we get it right rather than simply making it happen,” Rell said Monday.
Legislative leaders and the Governor emerged from Sunday’s meeting at the Governor’s Mansion under a negotiated cease fire agreement, which has quieted the press release war that was ferociously waged last week by the two sides, but has also stifled the flow of information out of the talks.
If no deal is struck, the Governor is ready to govern as Queen Jodi if necessary, operating the state government by executive order:
“The governor has said that she has an executive order ready to go, and that executive order will keep the government running smoothly on July 1… with no disruptions,” her spokesman, Chris Cooper, said.
The budget that passed the Legislature last week was regarded as farcical even by some Legislative Democrats while the Governor continues to dig in against tax hikes (though you never know).
Policy makers, pundits, and observers are left to wonder: who will blink first?