I had to take a photo of this bulletin board outside of the cafeteria in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Someone decided to organize a weight loss challenge at the capitol and name it after “The Biggest Loser” television program on NBC.
But it’s such an appropriate sign for this budget season, which new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has warned will be a time of shared sacrifice because state lawmakers’ failed to address the $3.4 billion deficit in prior legislative sessions.
“Eat up now because it’s coming in 2011,” indeed.
The moaning and groaning has already begun over Malloy’s fiscal plan, and he won’t unveil the full scope of his two year proposal until tomorrow.
Common Cause is upset with some of the agency consolidations Malloy proposed last week.
State GOP Chairman Chris Healy is complaining about the tax increases Malloy revealed on Monday.
Union leaders aren’t so far acknowledging Malloy’s call this morning for $2 billion in employee concessions, but you can bet there’s lots of behind-the-scenes grumbling.
Of course any budget ultimately needs the blessing of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, which means it’s too soon to say who exactly is this session’s biggest loser.
Heck, at the end of the day, depending on what his own party decides to do with his first budget, it could even be Malloy.