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Deal or No Deal? Leaders Announce Bipartisan Budget, But Votes Still to Come

October 19, 2017 By Staff
Deal or No Deal? Leaders Announce Bipartisan Budget, But Votes Still to Come

Four legislative leaders announced a deal on a two-year budget on Wednesday. Now, the long road to votes – and, perhaps, another Dan Malloy veto – awaits.

On Wednesday, four legislative leaders in Connecticut announced a tentative deal on a balanced, two-year budget for Connecticut.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby), Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven), and Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, with the budget announcement but few details.

We’re aggregating information so you don’t have to. Keep up with Reclaim Connecticut for more details on the budget.

WHAT WE KNOW

There are “painful cuts.”

It raises taxes, but only four tax hikes were shared with The CT Mirror‘s Keith Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas:

  • On hospitals (who will reportedly recoup the money when the state is reimbursed by the federal government)
  • On “the working poor” (in the form of limits to the state earned income tax credit)
  • On smokers (through higher cigarette taxes)
  • On teachers

The budget “take[s] care of Hartford.”

The House and Senate will caucus the budget this week and next, meaning a possible vote may come next week.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW

Will Malloy veto it? He’s “reserv[ing] judgment” for now.

Will the budget deal with crumbling foundations in eastern Connecticut?

Also:

  • What happens with UConn? How much is their budget cut?
  • What’s the ECS formula like? Are most towns held harmless?
  • Most importantly: can the caucuses whip together a veto-proof majority?