As the deadline for reaching agreement on a state budget for the next fiscal year approaches, Governor Holden is trying to convince Republicans in the State Senate to see things his way. Governor Holden spent a good part of Monday afternoon meeting one-on-one with Republican Senators in a gallery adjacent to the Senate. The topic of discussion: the budget. The Governor rejects the House’s version of a budget that cuts about $700-Million from the previous year and sees departments given lump sum allocations to divvy up as they will. Republican Senators are proceeding along a more traditional path that sees lawmakers deciding on specific cuts and increases. The legislative session ends May 16th.