Appropriations Committee Tweaks Malloy’s Budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Democratic-controlled legislative committee has made some changes to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

The plan, up for a vote in the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, scraps Malloy’s planned mass transit fare increases, increases funding for preschool for needy youngsters, and adds $1 million to help at-risk youth.

Democrats also decided to forgo some of Malloy’s proposed state agency consolidations.

The Democrats’ revised $20 billion plan spends almost $1 million less than Malloy’s proposed budget. Earlier in the day, minority Republicans unveiled a revised budget proposal that spends $342.7 million less.

Sen. Toni Harp of New Haven, the committee’s co-chairwoman, said Democrats and the Democratic governor agree on much of the spending, but they decided to do things differently.

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