Tracks on the rail line worn from daily use. Roads overdue for repairs. Buildings showing fatigue.

I can’t help but think of the condition of Connecticut when I assess my 6-year-old’s playroom every dawn. There’s just not enough coin in the transportation fund and general budget for appropriate upgrades.

And yet, I still have the sense most people in Connecticut don’t quite get it. Gov. Dan Malloy would probably lose a race these days against John Rowland, the exiled Grand Poobah of Corrupticut. But even before he packed for Hartford, Malloy was already barking that the pension liability ignored for generations was putting our state in a crater of debt.

After lawmakers took 123 extra days last year to come up with a state budget, they tasked a 14-member commission with the “Mission Impossible” assignment of navigating Connecticut out of the hole.

I’m not usually a fan of parallel-universe commissions that try to solve the shortcomings of government. Maybe I’ve just heard too much hubris from volunteer groups of corporate executives who think they know better than eductors. It has the feeling of baseball fans who screech about a manager’s calls when they couldn’t bunt a Major League curveball with a redwood.

But the 14 members of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth have already done something the General Assembly failed to: They met a deadline. The group, who are mostly business leaders, produced a thoughtful, balanced, provocative 119-page report in 76 days (no OT needed). It would be unfair to shorthand the report into Tweet-speak, but we’ll look at it in detail on these pages in the weeks to come.

The report quickly won huzzahs from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, despite recommendations that would reduce state aid to towns. It is unlikely to receive similar support from unions, which are already crying foul about concepts such as introducing neutral arbitrators for municipal negotiations.

The panel’s approach to the recommendations is reminiscent of the strategy to another toy: Like Jenga, take out the wrong pieces and it collapses. That’s asking a lot of 187 lawmakers who endure traffic jams just so they can yank on strands of legislation.

During an editorial board Thursday, commission members chanted sound bites as though rehearsing their pitch to lawmakers.