There were two big stories in Connecticut politics today.
Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, indicated to members of his caucus in an e-mail Thursday (copied below) that he is on board with giving Malloy the added juice he needs to balance the budget:
As you know, Governor Malloy has called for a special session next Thursday, June 30th. Please clear your calendars so that you can attend. We will almost certainly be voting on a substantive package. It will likely involve significant layoffs and increasing the recession authority of the governor on a temporary basis in a manner similar to what the legislature did for (Republican) Governor (John) Rowland a number of years ago…
House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, expressed less certainty than Williams when we spoke today.
“We haven’t seen the parameters of his proposal. We’ll have to see that, the caucus will have to take a look at it and determine whether or not it’s acceptable,” Donovan said.
Deputy Speaker Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, in a subsequent interview said he does not think it is a good idea.
“I’m awful loath to let the governor by himself have more recision authority,” Godfrey said. “I’m a big boy. I don’t need to hide behind anyone. I’d prefer a package of budget adjustments that we can look at and vote on rather than turn it over to him. It’s my job as a legislator to do those things … I’ve made a lot of difficult decisions. I’m one of the six (legislators) still there from the income tax vote in 1991. I can do it.”