New Fiscal Year Begins Today Without Budget
Connecticut began a new fiscal year today without a budget in place for the 2010 fiscal year. Governor Rell issued an executive order yesterday to cover state expenditures until a new budget has been signed into law. She plans to issue a new executive order if a budget agreement has still not been reached by August.
The governor and legislative leaders are meeting today in their third day of budget negotiations. None have been willing to comment on how the negotiations are proceeding. Connecticut is one of a dozen states, out of the 46 that began a new fiscal year on July 1, that have yet to pass a budget resolution for 2010.
Earlier today, as promised, Governor Rell vetoed a Democratic budget bill that passed the state house and senate last week.