Short-term budget deal status
When it became clear the scheduled adjournment date of May 31 would come and go without a balanced budget deal for the next fiscal year, Senate and House Republican leaders joined the Governor in urging their Democrat counterparts to move forward with a fully-funded, short-term budget to keep state operations going and fund schools.
Though Democrat leaders refused to negotiate a stopgap measure prior to the May 31 adjournment, rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats have continued working together to try and settle on a short-term budget plan.
Republican legislators are trying to remain optimistic that a deal can be reached before the new fiscal year begins July 1.
A short-term budget becomes even more critical in light of recent comments from Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno that it is unlikely there will be any movement on a full budget prior to the November elections. Radogno said she doesn’t expect the Democrats to agree to reform items or revenue increases that their respective constituencies might not like before heading to the polls in November.