This week saw the initial meetings of some committees, particularly joint meetings between the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees, the six of which all met Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to review their respective charges, areas of focus and directions from the full Appropriations “big Chairs,” the chief budget writers in each chamber. The meetings were and will be, for a time, mainly educational, as the budget writing process does not typically begin in earnest until the Governor’s proposed budget is released. In the meantime, the members of each subcommittee will have time to hear from agencies, advocates and organizations affected by the spending plans they are charged with delivering. See the full report here.