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Monday, October 26, 2015

Malloy, Legislators Optimistic After Budget Session

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders hailed the first round of budget talks today as a cordial first step toward a bipartisan solution, even if they cannot quite agree on the scope of the shortfall facing Connecticut.

With the legislature’s nonpartisan analysts projecting the current deficit as just over twice the shortfall reported by the administration, legislators conceded the first step is to find agreement on the depth of the problem.

“We need to get clarification on that as a starting point for our discussions next week,” Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said after top lawmakers and the governor wrapped a 70-minute discussion in Malloy’s office in the Capitol.

“We have different ideas on what parts of the budget should be included in the deficit,” added House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby. “That’s what we’re going to try to clarify.”

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