How many lawmakers does it take to figure out a meeting time?


So today is the first meeting of the much-ballyhooed savior of the state's budget-crisis: the joint conference committee.

The six-member committee of House and Senate legislative leaders is charged with coming up with a solution to the now 29-day-old budget impasse.

But they've spent the last 50 minutes arguing about when to meet, where to meet, and whether the committee should have a single chairman or be co-chaired.

So much for setting the tenor for negotiations.

Oh wait! There's movement! They have decided NOT to name House Appropriations chair Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) chairman of the committee....That is progress in Harrisburg.

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