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Legislature Will Vote on Overriding Malloy’s Budget Veto; Expected to Fail

October 3, 2017 By Staff
Legislature Will Vote on Overriding Malloy’s Budget Veto; Expected to Fail

Dan Malloy overrode the GOP budget, which passed with Democratic votes, last week. A two-thirds vote in each chamber is needed to override the veto.

The Connecticut legislature will open a special session at noon on Tuesday to vote on overriding the budget veto of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

Last week, Malloy vetoed the GOP budget, which passed both chambers with Republican and Democratic votes.

As Reclaim Connecticut reported last week, legislators and small towns had urged Malloy to sign the budget.

The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) had previously urged Malloy to sign the budget rather than face the bleak alternatives. However, Malloy remained firm by vetoing the budget, and soon after released a statement calling the budget “unbalanced, unsustainable and unwise.”

The CT Mirror reported on Monday that House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) expects the veto override vote to fail.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz predicted late Monday the chamber would uphold Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of the Republican-crafted state budget when it meets today.

…Democrats hold a 79-72 edge in the House, and the GOP budget passed there 77-73 with one Democrat absent. It would require a two-thirds’ margin, or 101 votes, to support an override in the House.

If that margin is achieved, the override attempt would move on to the 36-member Senate. Though that chamber is split 18-18, the GOP-budget passed there 21-15. Still, that is three votes shy of the 24 that would be needed to override a veto.

Aresimowicz and Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-North Haven) are opposed to the GOP budget which, if signed by Malloy, would have ended a three-month impasse in which state government has operated without a budget.