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Senate Prez Williams: Budget Vote Mon. or Tues.

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Senate President Don Williams says he is optimistic that both the House and Senate will vote on a budget early next week, possibly Monday or Tuesday.

Williams told The Associated Press that “some finer  details” have been worked out since Democratic leaders and  Governor Malloy announced last week they reached a agreement on a two-year, $40.2 billion budget.

Williams said he doesn’t see “any further obstacles to moving forward.”

That is a deal that includes a $2 billion hole that’s supposed to be filled with savings on labor costs. Closed-door talks with state employee union leaders have been ongoing for weeks and could extend into the weekend.  Malloy wants a billion dollars in concessions in each of the next two fiscal years.

While Republicans have criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for pushing through a budget without a deal with labor, Williams says it’s not a problem.

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