No Movement on Budget

Nope, there’s no budget deal yet, and the sides still basically seem to be right where they were last week.

Will they meet again before another week passes? Does it even matter any more?

Anyway, while we wait for the budget crisis to be resolved, both Democrats and Republicans are touring the state to whip up support for their positions. Brian Lockhart has this to say about the GOP leadership hitting the road:

I like the idea of Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk traveling the state together. It’s kind of like “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” with McKinney as Steve Martin and Cafero as John Candy.

That made my morning.

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3 responses to “No Movement on Budget

  1. Carcharodon Carcharias

    This morning legislative Republicans were down in Stamford doing a round table with some business people that are, unfortunately, on the verge of closing up shop.

    The ridiculous protest “Billionaires for Budget Cuts” was outside while legislators were inside speaking to those that actually employ people in our state. Funny thing is that two PAID lobbyists for “Working Families” were out there, Lindsay Farrell and Stacey Zimmerman, helping to put on that farse. So picture this, Republicans inside having a discussion with employers about how they can help keep jobs alive while these political hacks are outside putting on some stupid performance that helps nobody. Maybe they should realize that in order to have “Working Families” there must be jobs and with the taxes the Democrats are proposing we are running short on both.

    To the paid lobbyists errr ummm… I mean grassroots protesters out there I say- Grow Up and put your energy into something useful.

  2. Connecticut governor calls Pennsylvania counterpart to commiserate about budget impasses

    Associated Press
    08/11/09 1:50 PM PDT WEST HARTFORD, CONN. — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she called her counterpart in Pennsylvania to commiserate about being the last two states in the country to pass budgets for the current fiscal year.

    Rell, a Republican, says she jokingly warned Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, on Monday not to sign a budget before she does.

    Connecticut is facing a two-year, $8.56 billion deficit. Budgets, ranging from $36.3 billion to $37.8 billion, have been proposed, but Rell and the General Assembly’s majority Democrats disagree on levels of tax increases and spending cuts.

    Rendell signed a bare-bones state budget last week to make sure tens of thousands of state workers get paid on time. But he’s still at odds with the Republican-controlled Senate over levels of spending cuts and tax increases.

  3. Now we have the blind leading the blind.

    Of the 49 other governors to call for advice Rell chose Rendell…….

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