GOP Lawmakers Unveil No-Tax Hike Budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Republicans are unveiling their own state budget proposal that doesn’t raise taxes and calls for cutting the state employee workforce by five percent.

The leaders of the General Assembly’s minority said Tuesday they wanted to offer a “fiscally and socially responsible” alternative to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget, which will be revised by legislative Democrats in the coming days.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk says the state is broke and can’t afford Malloy’s spending plan. He says taxpayers also can’t afford Malloy’s proposed $1.5 billion in tax increases.

The GOP had originally hoped to play a larger role in reaching a compromise budget agreement with Malloy. But they’ve said it has become clear Malloy is only working with his fellow Democrats. Malloy has said his office has reached out to Republicans.

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