Are we in the home stretch for the state budget? Well, maybe. Democrats feel progress has been made and are hopeful a deal might be reached next week:
While no deal has been reached, Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they were optimistic that the state legislature might vote as early as Aug. 27 on a possible budget deal with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
The General Assembly is meeting that day in special session, anyway, to debate whether to borrow more than $900 million by selling bonds in order to close the state budget deficit for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
So therefore the two sides have another artificial deadline. We’ll see if they make it. Democrats actually seem serious about getting the thing done, calling for (gasp!) meetings every day. That’s every day, people. Including Fridays. AND days when it’s nice out.
Speaking of artificial deadlines, if we go past August 22nd without a budget, this will officially be the longest impasse on record in Connecticut history. Something to feel good about?
…At this point there is very little else to say about the budget. It’ll mosey along in its own sweet time.