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Saturday, June 01, 2013

House Drops Energy Auction from Budget

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The Connecticut General Assembly staggered into the final weekend of the 2013 session today, trying to close an elusive budget deal among majority Democrats, who forced the Malloy administration to give up on a plan to raise $80 million through an energy auction.

Sources in the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said the tentative budget deal would redirect proceeds from a cap-and-trade, anti-pollution program to make up some of the lost revenue. And for the second time in recent days, lawmakers scaled back a controversial tax extension on electricity generators.

Malloy administration officials and legislators conducted impromptu negotiations Friday in Capitol corridors turned sticky from the first hot breaths of summer, often with lobbyists and reporters straining to hear.

Arms folded, House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, stood outside the House, warning Mark Ojakian, the governor’s chief of staff, that the GOP was unhappy with proposed election legislation. He threatened a filibuster.

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