With less than two weeks to go in the fiscal year, the governor and Democratic leaders continue to fault each other for delaying the budget process.
Democratic legislative leaders have held a series of press events across the state to criticize the governor's proposed cuts to everything from libraries and mass transit to prison reentry programs and technical schools.
Governor Rell says she is waiting for lawmakers to come back to budget talks. She asked them earlier this month to tell her which of her cuts they cannot accept, and she hasn't gotten an answer.
"By you know, doing their road show, they're saying we can't cut this, and we can't that, and we can't here, and we can't cut there. You've told me what you can't tell cut publicly. But tell me what you want to do in a budget."
She says they're not mentioning the tax increases it will take the preserve these programs. Rell says she is willing to talk about the revenue side once they agree on spending cuts. But until she gets their list, she's told her staff to suspend budget negotiations.
"I thought the message was very clear. I thought they understood exactly what I was saying, which was I need to know from you, and then we'll talk about where we need to go from there."
House Speaker Chris Donovan says that sounds good, but it is not feasible.
"It's not as easy to say just give me the deal breakers. There's a number of items that are of concern."
He says it's time to reframe the conversation - to talk about spending and tax increases simultaneously.
The General Assembly will be in session Friday, but Democratic leaders don't expect to release a new budget proposal until early next week. Donovan declined to describe their latest tax package, but he said he is willing to meet with the governor anytime.
The governor's office has prepared contingency plans if there's no budget agreement by July 1.