There is a lot of talk going around about the desire to get out of session by as early as April. It is getting to sound like that the only goal some people have and that getting out of session is all that matters. While some of the benefits of getting out early are beneficial (like savings of per diem dollars), that alone should not over rule all other considerations.
Our opponents had their way since forever. They too could pass a budget that balanced and leave town. I don't recall a single legislator running on the issue of "Elect me and we will finish session by date X". We need to remember that people did not elect us over our opponents just to pass a sloppy budget and get out of session early. They wanted changes. Not to use analysis as a form of paralysis. We have had years to talk about what we wanted to do when we took over. Now it is our time to do it. Not just rush in and scurry out as fast as we can.