The week ahead will be dominated by Governor Malloy's budget proposal for the next two years and reaction to it.
One thing is certain: the governor seems committed to the idea of a fundamental re-working of state finances. He really has no choice, because doing things as they have always been done just doesn't add up. Reaction is certain to carry with it the usual howling from various special interests, but those interests and lawmakers, are in a position similar to the one facing the governor.
The challenges facing the state require new solutions. The ritual resistance of the annual budget process cannot be given the same weight by lawmakers, because there is not enough revenue to satisfy everyone.
As each budget cycle of the Malloy administration becomes more difficult, previously unpopular choices are becoming more palatable.