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TIMELINE: How the Budget Fell Apart in 12 Hours

April 26, 2017 By Staff
TIMELINE: How the Budget Fell Apart in 12 Hours

Budget talks in the Connecticut legislature fell apart on Tuesday evening, just hours after committee votes were scheduled. Here's how it happened.

Connecticut’s budget-writing process collapsed on Tuesday, as Democrats pulled a spending bill that has a Thursday deadline.

Here’s Reclaim Connecticut’s timeline of what happened in a wild 12 hours for the legislature, pulled from media reports around the state on Tuesday.

TUES. AM: SPENDING PLAN RELEASED

Democrats on the Appropriations Committee released a spending plan on Tuesday morning. The plan “would spend about $200 million more each year than” Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.)’s budget, according to the Hartford Courant.

Like Malloy’s budget, though, the Democrats’ spending plan relied on $1.57 billion in “labor concessions” over two years, according to The CT Mirror.

TUES. AM: SPENDING, TAX VOTES PLANNED

The CT Post reported that the Appropriations Committee was to vote on the “record-high spending package” on Tuesday. They have a deadline of April 27, or Thursday, to pass a spending package.

The Finance Committee was to vote on a tax package the following day, Friday, April 28, that would have to “drastically raise taxes,” the CT Post also reported. Republicans have spoken out about how unpopular the specter of more tax hikes are in Connecticut.

TUES. PM: SPENDING PLAN REJECTED

The Appropriations Committee “never took a vote on the spending plan” before adjourning at 3pm on Tuesday, according to the Courant. This makes it less likely the committees will meet their deadlines for producing spending and tax bills.

TUES. PM: DEMS BLAME GOP

Democrats pointed the finger at the GOP, the Mirror reported. Democrats have more members on the Appropriations Committee (27; 21 representatives and six senators) than Republicans do (25; 19 representatives and six senators), but Democrats accused Republicans of “walk[ing] away.”

Republicans, on the other hand, noted it was Democrats who lacked the votes to pass a spending bill. The Mirror reported that Senate Republican President Len Fasano (R-North Haven) said the GOP will have a budget proposal by week’s end.

TUES. PM: MALLOY BLAMES BOTH PARTIES

In a statement, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) blamed both parties:

“I am profoundly disappointed that neither Democrats nor Republicans could produce a budget that makes responsible progress toward addressing our fiscal challenges. I stand ready to work with leaders of both parties as they come to terms with the real and growing challenges facing Connecticut.

WTNH noted that Malloy is on a vacation in Puerto Rico at the moment.

BONUS!

A moment that caught Republicans’ attention on Tuesday was Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden) saying that two income tax increases under Malloy is “not enough”: