The legislature's minority Republicans were not included in the closed-door talks on Friday between Democratic legislative leaders and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, where they discussed possible 11th-hour changes to the state budget.
Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan says if changes are needed to the budget, it shouldn't be allowed to take effect July 1st. He says some constituents have called the Governor's Office telling him to veto the budget. McLachlan hopes to be able to fix the budget, or at least minimize the damage, in the upcoming Special Session. The session is set for June 29th and 30th.
House Democrats are scheduled to meet privately on Tuesday to discuss the budget situation.
Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says while the governor has identified some problems on the revenue side, he thinks some spending cuts and perhaps some alternative revenues need to be looked at to try to close the gap. Looney did not elaborate on whether "alternate revenues" could mean other tax increases or an untapped pool of money.
Democratic state House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says Malloy's proposal to roll back some business tax increases won't be the "final word" on what rank-and-file lawmakers consider when they return to the state Capitol for the special session to vote on the last-minute budget changes and other unfinished bills.
Meanwhile, more corporate criticism of the budget came to light on Friday. A letter to Malloy from the CEO of Connecticut-based Stanley Black and Decker warned how the state appears to be QUOTE "determined to become inhospitable for corporate operations."