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Smith: budget deal ‘impossible,’ special session ‘a certainty’
Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, says a special session is now a “certainty” because the Legislature “just flat ran out of time” to come up with a budget compromise before the session ends at noon.
The gap between the Senate and the House on a budget solution started out too wide, Smith said.
The big question when lawmakers adjourn today will be “when” for a special session. Smith is hopeful it will take place in a couple of months, not a couple of days as has been suggested by the governor.
“We need to do it in April or May,” he said.
Smith said lawmakers will pass bills adjusting the 2010 fiscal budget, but the final answer for 2011 is unlikely at this point. He said lawmakers could pass a FY 2011 budget at this point, but it would be unbalanced and require them to come back regardless.