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Republican budget passes state Senate with help from three Democrats

16 Septembre 2017

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the state's Council of Small Towns issued a statement endorsing the Republican alternative budget, which does not shift any pension costs. A chastened Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said, "That remains to be seen". On Friday, that advantage was lost in the stunning defection of Democrats Paul Doyle of Wethersfield, Gayle Slossberg of Milford and Joan Hartley of Waterbury. It now heads to the House of Representatives, where its prospects were uncertain.

"Our latest report was that all the documents wouldn't be ready until two or three o'clock in the morning.The House then chose to not try to vote this evening given the length of the wait that would be required".

Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, of Berlin, had expected a vote in the House on Thursday.

His office had no comment in the hours after the Senate vote.

Both plans are created to eliminate an estimated $3.5 billion deficit over two years. Doyle called the vote the most hard of his career.

"The budget, in general, is a commentary on the health and the leadership of the state", Frantz said.

The legislature adopted tax hikes worth more than $1.8 billion per year in 2011, and a second package worth more than $650 million per year in 2015.

"I'm risking everything, but that's fine with me", he said. "While we weren't told that some members were voting yes, there were speeches clearly written well in advance of the end of the debate".

Doyle said he made the decision Friday after reading budgets proposed by both sides.

"The brand of CT is hurting", Frantz added.

Aresimowicz also said final budget documents would not be ready until Friday morning. "Get the job done".

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Some of the reforms sought by the trio would restrict in statute benefits the state could offer in contracts after 2027.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the plan also would cut hundreds of millions of dollars in spending and restore hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to cities and towns, but would not increase the sales or income taxes.

"I believe the amended budget that passed in the Senate today is unbalanced, and if it were to reach my desk I would veto it". He said didn't know in advance how moderate Democrats would vote, nor did they discuss their plans with him beforehand.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides said it was "sad to wait this long for Democratic leaders to take this seriously".

The Republican budget has faced its fair share of criticism.

"If the responsible solution I negotiated with Democrats isn't going to pass, then it is incumbent on the legislature to reach a new agreement soon - one that is realistic and, ideally, bipartisan", Malloy said. I am sure many colleagues are furious with me, but I did what I was elected to do by people of the state of CT. And that burden would be phased in over two fiscal years.

Many Democratic leaders, the governor and union leaders have questioned whether the state can make these changes unilaterally or whether that would violate collective bargaining rules. And, absent a new budget, Malloy has said he must order huge cuts to municipal aid on September 30 and again on October 1. The change in how those costs are funded would generate about $91.9 million for the state in 2018 and $189.7 million in 2019.

"It's a hell of a new process for us", Cassano said. "You don't belong in that business". The budget also would decrease the personal property tax exemption on state income tax forms, from $200 to $100, and set aside $115 million for improvements to the XL Center arena in Hartford. "If you get rid of those two things... we can have a conversation".

Republican lawmakers have criticized the revenue increases in the Democrats' budget plan and have proposed their own plan with no tax increases.

Larson noted that should the House adopt the package, and Malloy veto it, it would force the state to be run under the governor's executive order that brings massive municipal cuts.

Republican budget passes state Senate with help from three Democrats