|And lawmakers have the added challenge of new revenue projections, which are expected next week. Senate president Bill Harris says he'd like to be optimistic, but he says he can't be. And he adds that considering the budget slashing that's been done already, the process of reconciling the budget is going to be tough.
State lawmakers missed the June 30 budget deadline in 1981 and 1991. In both those years, the state was struggling with a recession, and the House was controlled by Democrats and the Senate by Republicans.