Last Try

On Wednesday of this week Governor Malloy will deliver his final proposed budget to the state legislature. Technically it is a series of budget adjustments to the current two-year spending plan.

Malloy's scheduled budget speech on Wednesday might be used as an exit interview during which the out-going chief executive describes a vision of the state moving forward and the challenges for the next governor and future legislatures. Going in, it is considered unlikely the legislature will embrace any bold proposals from the governor. There are three reasons: It's an election year. The legislature is nearly evenly divided. To finally reach agreement on a budget plan last year legislative leaders had to work around the governor essentially ejecting him from the process.

The dynamics favor limited forward movement between now and the legislature's adjournment in early May.