The governor and legislative leaders met again today. Again, it was cordial. Again, they are optimistic. Again, they would say nothing about what really went on.
House Speaker Shap Smith did say they didn't get thrown out even after making clear that their position was that some new tax revenues are necessary.
They might have gotten thrown out if they hadn't indicated they'd be willing to yield on shifting some money from the Education Fund to the General Fund.
They meet again on Friday. We can see if the cordiality and optimism continue.
- Terri Hallenbeck