Well, it is Monday of week 10 of the 2010 legislative session, and we still do not have an HHS budget bill from the House or the Senate. The House is still claiming they are awaiting more information on the interaction between federal health care reform and the state’s budget.

In the meantime, while we are eagerly awaiting a budget, Aging Services advocacy staff has been fascinated by coverage of the Icelandic volcano eruption and resulting air travel delays in Europe. Let’s face it — spewing lava, overpowering ash, and other “man vs. nature” trials are pretty awesome stuff.

So we got to thinking: how long will global air traffic be tied up do to volcanic ash?  Which led to a related question: how much longer before the House and/or Senate release an HHS budget bill?

Which of course led to the obvious question: which will happen first? Clear skies over Europe or the release of an HHS budget bill in either body? And will the House or Senate release a bill first?

Send your vote to jmcnertney@agingservicesmn.org.  Closest vote to reality gets an awesome shout-out on the blog and our video update.  And if you watched last week’s video update, you know just how awesome that update is!