it came to mind as I watched the state legislature struggle with the budget this weekend. The cycle seems never-ending: Gov. Malloy issues his proposed budget; the Democrats in the legislature reject it and produce their own, but it's not balanced; the latest budget numbers come out and the deficit rises; the GOP issues its own budget that is balanced but gets promptly ignored. Repeat.
So, today, Gov. Malloy offered the Democrats -- members of his own party, mind you -- yet another proposal. Word is that it is now in the hands of legislative Democrats, and that the gov's offer tries to appease them by putting more money toward education, but doesn't budge on more money for hospitals. Apparently this is his bid to restart negotiations, which hit a very public impasse over the weekend.
Regardless, the possibility of a deal being struck and sent to Malloy's desk for signing before the end of the session at midnight on Wednesday is pretty much gone. You can expect a special session to commence on Thursday.
As Ken Dixon of the CT Post notes, that's putting tremendous pressure on Democrats in the legislature, because it delays fundraising for the fall election campaign.
No one knows what the final budget will look like, but expect it to be ugly -- filled with one-time gimmicks and other temporary revenue enhancers.
Which, of course, will mean the runaround will continue, because they aren't really dealing with the HUGE budget holes in the next two fiscal years, they are only focused on the current budget.
So here we go around, 'round, 'round ...