Though there is some alignment in the three proposal, there are major differences that will make it difficult to reach agreement on a budget. These differences create the foundation for bargaining that sometimes results in compromise leading to additional reform, more accountability, and less flexibility. This usually happens behind closed doors as the party and caucus leaders search for the keys to bringing the session to a close. There are also major differences in how to pay for these proposals that you can read about here, here, and here.
The chart below gives a quick comparison of funding in key areas for us. Before yesterday, I though that the Senate proposal would provide us with the fewest new dollars, but it may that the House budget with a larger increase may actually drive fewer dollars to us and is certainly less flexible because of less revenue for transportation and MSOC.
The chart below from WASA will give you a quick look at the budget proposals as they relate to the Joint Task Force recommendations. The increased funding for transportation in all three budgets approaches the recommendation, but in all other areas there is a significant gap to close.