The end of session is drawing near, and much of the focus is on what is being decided in the budget conference committee. We just finished up writing an analysis of the Governor, House and Senate proposals that sets the stage for the negotiations going on right now – “Tough Decisions in the 2008 Legislative Session leave even tougher choices for 2009“. The report takes a look at the overall budget challenges facing policymakers this year, the major themes of these three budget balancing plans, and then dives a little deeper into the different budget areas to highlight key changes.
One important theme: all three proposals rely on one-time resources for at least one-half of their budget balancing solutions. That will leave next year’s legislature with plenty of tough choices – and fewer options.
Coming soon…a comparison of the Governor, House, Senate and conference committee (new!) “targets” for each budget area.