Speaker of the House Chris Donovan and Sen. President Donald Williams said no progress was made during Wednesday’s budget negotiations and no future meeting was scheduled.
Frustrated with the lack of a budget, Williams said “we have moved substantially toward her position,” but “we need to have her come just a little bit toward us.”
“We believed our proposal would get us a budget agreement,” Donovan said without giving away any details about what exactly had been offered to Rell.
Rell also called Democratic optimism, expressed yesterday, as “very premature”. Then the rhetoric kicked into high gear: Rell accused the Democrats of proposing an “unsound” budget that relied way too much on taxes, while the Democrats accused Rell of protecting the wealthy at the expense of the poor. It’s the same old argument, really. Lather, rinse, repeat, and end up getting nothing done.
One interesting tidbit in the Capitol Watch story is that Democrats may vote on their own budget at a special session on August 27th.