Though it never occurs on Groundhog Day, it often looks like the movie “Groundhog Day.”

No, not mass shootings or the president’s penchant for stirring the pot with Twitter storms.

Closer to home, we refer to the inevitable looming feud over the 2018-’19 Fiscal Year budget.

Many may not recall the showdowns during the past three years that took state government to the brink of a shutdown.

But we do, and as pathetic and costly as the special sessions it took to reach an agreement on those budgets were, everyone should recall them.

Days before this year’s regular legislative session began, legislative leaders said they believed the state would have a balanced budget before the 60-day session expires.

This morning marked the 46th day of the regular session, and we suspect the Legislature’s attention is on other matters beside the budget.

For instance, those thousands of teachers rallying for better pay, which is going to put any plans for a balanced budget in a dilemma.

As noted, over the last three years, budget talks have gone into special sessions and nearly extended into the summer.

And they didn’t come cheap — last year’s process following the regular session cost $700,000.

It’s common knowledge that adopting a balanced state budget is the most important job of the Legislature.

Yet, invariably lawmakers and governors resort to infighting and an inability to compromise rather than put the state’s interest ahead of their own.

Obviously, both major parties in the Legislature aim to accomplish particular goals and there will be disputes.

Legislators must also first review and help determine scores of agencies’ budgets during the 60-day regular session.

But throughout this fiscal year, as the revenue numbers came in, it was apparent that any budget shortfall would be manageable.

Lawmakers, at least, did not start this session fighting about how to fill a huge hole in the budget.

One would have thought this fiscal year was going to end in a good place and thereby not consume as much of our legislators’ time.

That said, adopting a state budget for the coming fiscal year should be easier, and it’s still possible it will be on the governor’s desk March 11.

However, we’re skeptical, at best. January’s revenue report was bleak, while income for the first seven months of this fiscal year has been below estimates on which the budget is based.

No, the projected budget deficit this year will look nothing like last fiscal year’s nearly $500 million hole.

But costly special sessions to end looming budget battles are getting old and repetitious.