Wednesday, June 19, 2024


House Adopts Controversial State Budget Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Arielle Levin Becker

Connecticut’s long-running budget drama began drawing to a close early today as the House of Representatives adopted a $40.3 billion, two-year package that largely restores deep cuts to social services and expands municipal aid while bolstering tax revenues by almost $2 billion.

Just after 10:30 a.m. the House approved the plan in a narrow 73-70 vote following a five-hour debate. Eleven Democrats sided with all 59 Republicans present to fall just short of defeating the package. [Westport State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg was one of 11 Democrats siding with the Republicans, including Westport State Rep. Gail Lavielle.]

The debate followed a marathon House session as Democratic leaders kept the members in all night as they struggled to lobby enough support for the controversial plan. Leaders originally hoped to debate the budget around mid-day on Tuesday.

The budget, which was negotiated by Democratic majorities in both chambers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office, now moves on to the Senate, which has until the legislative session hits its adjournment deadline at midnight to act.

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