Final Push

The legislature is pushing toward its Wednesday midnight deadline, but its work is no where near done.

An evenly divided state Senate is making it very difficult for Democrats to push their policy agenda and narrow margins in both chambers of the legislature mean there is little progress to report on the state budget. In fact, at the end of last week, legislative leaders said their new working deadline for a budget agreement is June 30 - the end of the current fiscal year. The budget disagreement and last week's news that Aetna plans to move its headquarters out of Hartford, is playing into a national narrative that is defining the state as a poor place to do business.