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Governor Signs Budget, Spares Eels

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A plastic bag of glass eels. (AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA)

A plastic bag of glass eels. (AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA)

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(CBS Connecticut ) - Governor Dannel Malloy today announced he has signed the state budget.

Malloy says it includes provisions expanding access to pre-kindergarten, and makes college more affordable.

“To accomplish all of this while still making necessary investments in infrastructure and job creation is something I am very proud of,” Malloy said.

But Republican lawmakers point out that the budget’s projected surplus has mostly evaporated, because of lower-than-expected tax revenues.  They argue that state residents will pay more in taxes, because some taxes that would have ended were extended.

The governor vetoed two bills, including new health insurance company reporting regulations related to patients seeking treatment for drug addiction. Malloy says the data collected could have been inaccurate, because drug addicted patients are sometimes listed as having a different medical problem.

The governor also sank a bill that would have allowed people to fish commercially for glass eels.  Republicans had fought for eel fishing, because the young creatures command a high price.

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