Budgets have been approved. Committee meetings are dropping off. And the major differences between the House and the Senate are coming into focus
The halfway point of the legislative session passed this week, and lawmakers were already trying to set the stage to avoid the kind of slow-motion train wreck that accompanied the end of their 2015 gathering. With a more modest gap between spending plans this year --- and no unbridgeable policy divides like last year's fight over health-care spending --- there's hope, at least, that the Legislature can finish its work on time.