If you do, you still have time to make it down to the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Executive tower. That is where the Governor, her staff and a whole lot of others will be from 9:15 to 2:30 to talk about the 2010 Legislative Budget.
As we mentioned before, the most glaring difference between the two budgets (other than the tax increase), is a small $900 million or so difference in the deficit. How such a huge difference you ask? I'm not positive of all the details but the one I hear the most is that the Legislators are figuring that ACCHS won't continue putting new people on the rolls. With 75K or so added in the last 3 months alone, I don't see how that's a possibility. The other difference is that the Gov's budget doesn't sweep any money from the cities. Ironically, every critic of that move has pointed to the fact that cities will be forced to raise taxes since they can't cook the books with accounting gimmicks like the state can. So much for not raising taxes.
Media Advisory for today's meeting here.
Tribune write up of the event.