At nearly midnight last night, the Senate walked away from budget negotiations even though some progress had been made. Here is the statement from House Leadership:
“It is unfortunate that the Senate walked away during discussions about changing the calendar. Because of the late hour, and the considerable amount of work remaining, we recommended moving the General Assembly’s last day to Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. This would save a considerable amount of taxpayer dollars by avoiding a special session.
“We have gone through about half of our differences document and resolved most of the disagreements in that portion. We also thought we had a framework for a compromise, but we learned that there were problems in some areas we thought had already been agreed to.
“We in the House remain committed to resolving the budget during this session. We are ready to get together again at the call of the budget chairs.” – House Democratic Leadership