Committee Pulls Plug On Alternate State Budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Leaders of the General Assembly’s budget-writing committee have abandoned plans for a spending package that’s an alternative to the budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered in February.

After caucusing for hours behind closed doors Tuesday, Democratic leaders of the committee reconvened and said the panel would not be voting on a budget proposal, afternoon.

“It’s incredibly disappointing to learn that throughout the whole process, that there are other committees that had budgets that they had been working on in a separate manner,” said New Haven Rep. Toni Walker, house co-chair of the committee. “I cannot ask house members of the Appropriations Committee to vote on a compromise bill, when we do not have everybody that participated in developing it, supporting the bill. And, it was made clear today that many– that all of the people that were participating were still voting ‘no,'” she said.

Senate Republican leader Len Fasano said Tuesday that the GOP would offer its own state budget proposal  by the end of the week.

The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will vote on a tax plan later this week.

All those proposals will be the basis for negotiations on a final budget agreement.

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