Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and his crew appear to have backed down from yesterday’s announced plan (that was first reported by my colleague Chris Fitzsimon ) to unveil their version of the state budget without bothering to hold Appropriations subcommittee meetings.
But don’t count just yet on any kind of in-depth or truly participatory process. Annnouncements released this morning indicate that the subcommittees will meet tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon. In the legislative world, scheduling a meeting for the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday –a time at which most members are already well on their way back to their districts for the weekend — is a little like scheduling a public health lecture in Daytona Beach on the first day of spring break.
We hope to be proved wrong but remain skeptical that these meetings will amount to much.
Updated: Mark Binker has the full skinny here . Subcommittees will just review House budget tomorrow. Still no subcommittee meetings to review Senate plan becasue it will supposedly be much thinner.