The Budget Is Next

Now the hard part.

The 2017 regular session of the legislature has adjourned, but now lawmakers are heading into a special session, that might be described as an emergency session, to come to terms with a budget that is as much as $5 billion out of balance. Based on a Senate debate Wednesday night, it appears Republicans are seeking to make dramatic changes in state government's traditional relationship with state employee labor unions.

If that is the case, it could extend the budget debate beyond the current deadline of June 30th.