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GOP To Malloy: Cut More First

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The two top Republican leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly say Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hasn’t cut enough state spending to justify the large-scale, across-the-board tax increases he is proposing.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., who were briefed on the budget proposal by the Democratic governor’s staff on Tuesday, told reporters they expected there would be tax increases, but not to the extent Malloy is suggesting. He is proposing raising taxes by $1.5 billion in the first year of the budget to help cover an approximate $3.5 billion deficit.

Cafero says the Republicans were told state government spending, under Malloy’s plan, will be slightly higher in the two-year budget compared to current year spending. Cafero says that won’t sit well with taxpayers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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