It’s the second-to-last day of the 30-day special session. (Please forgive last week’s lapse of morning updates; a furlough kept me away from the Legislature). Now we’ll see if a day off for Easter allowed weekend tensions in the Senate to cool, and whether there’s any chance of a deal by Tuesday.
With the $31 billion state budget all but finalized, three so-called reforms remain sticking points in negotiations. Republicans and centrist Democrats won’t vote on the budget or a capital-construction budget until the three demands are met. House Democrats have offered competing versions of all three: