It isn't pretty. By Lembo's calculations, the budget will end the current fiscal year nearly $260 million in the red.
Meanwhile, it is beginning to look more and more likely that the legislature won't complete a budget before the session ends at midnight on Wednesday, and that a special session will convene on Thursday.
The claim is the special session will deal only with the budget and related issues. Here's how Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, explained it to the Hartford Courant:
Rep. Jeffrey Berger, a Waterbury Democrat who co-chairs the tax-writing finance committee, says the goal this year is for only one budget implementation bill."It's only going to have items that are budget driven,'' Berger told Capitol Watch. "There's not going to be any bills that didn't make it out of committee and are put into it. It's not going to be a potpourri of dead bills resurrected.''
If you would like to look at Gov. Malloy's latest proposal, here's a "cliff notes" version courtesy of CTNewsjunkie.com. This latest plant got a lukewarm reception, at best.
Needless to say, the governor and legislature have their work cut out for them.