No Gov't Shutdown
word is key negotiators as early as Tuesday could finalize a tentative
budget agreement that could clear the way for legislative conference
committees to pass their bills in plenty of time to meet the October
Talks between the governor's office and the two legislative
leaders and their staffs have progress to the point where only a
handful of budget issues remain. One of those is the liquor
distribution item that the governor proposed recently.
Bidding that out to net the state as much as $75 million is not
going to happen according to one source familiar with the talks. But
another liquor related item, if adopted in its place, could result in
about $37 million.
All of this is expected to come to a head with a supposed
resolution tomorrow. This source believes most of the department
budget targets are ready to go and all of this will be accomplished
without a tax hike.
Yes, Yes, you will believe it when you see it, but this source
is pretty good and
while it would be a better story to have a shutdown, in this political
year these guys
are not quite that stupid to let it happen.