House Debates State Budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Members of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have begun discussing a two-year, $40.1 billion budget deal reached between Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders.

Debate in the House is expected to run into the evening hours on Tuesday.

The vote comes after a narrow, early morning vote in the Senate, where Democrats passed the plan on a 19-17 vote. Three Democratic senators broke ranks and voted with the minority Republicans.

A sizeable number of House Democrats are not expected to support the budget. They’ve voiced concerns about the proposed tax increases, $1.4 billion in the first year and $1.2 billion in the second.

The budget assumes $2 billion in labor savings. Malloy says his administration is still conducting closed-door talks with state employee union leaders.

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