This morning, legislative leaders walked out of the governor's office without reaching agreement on the budget. They met for a while in the House speaker's office and when they came out they weren't talking about what was happening.
The day has more hours to it, but guesses at this point are that legislators are going to go ahead with forming their budgets based on their ideas.
As for the lt. gov's inclusion in the talks - a question asked on the previous posting - my sense is that Senate leaders liked having him there last year as another voice to balance the governor's and so they wanted to include him again this year.
- Terri Hallenbeck