By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut attorney general’s office will be asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the recently approved state budget is unconstitutional.

A Hartford Superior Court judge held the first conference in the case Wednesday and set a hearing for June 24 on the expected motion to dismiss. The attorney general’s office has until June 1 to file the motion.

The Milford-based Roger Sherman Liberty Center conservative think-tank and some Republican state lawmakers sued earlier this month, claiming the two-year, $40.1 billion budget violates the state constitution because spending exceeds revenue.

The budget includes a $2 billion shortfall that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hopes to fill with labor savings. Malloy and legislative leaders are defendants in the lawsuit.

Attorney General George Jepsen says the lawsuit has no merit.

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


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