The state Constitution requires the Governors to submit a budget proposal for the next fiscal each year by January 10, but this year the budget was released three days early.

So, the annual budget battle begins.  However, this year the state is planning on a second surplus year in a row – which may make the battles even more intense, as members of the majority party fight to lock-in  a share of that new revenue for new and existing programs while the Governor tries to tuck some money away to stave-off deficits.

Over the next few months this budget will be dissected, disconnected, taken-apart, reconfigured, lambasted, and generally go through the standard process.  Below is a summary.

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