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Budget negotiations to get under way in General Assembly

Governor Dannel Malloy wants to restart bipartisan budget talks with Connecticut legislative leaders.  It's unclear whether this latest effort to come up with a plan that Democrats and Republicans can agree on will actually bear fruit. The two parties failed to reach a bipartisan agreement months ago when they met to solve a $350 million deficit that developed in the current $20 billion fiscal year budget.

The new fiscal year is projected to have a $560 million shortfall. Larger deficits are predicted in the following two years.

The closed-door talks are likely to begin Tuesday. They come as the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee holds hearings on Malloy's proposed $19.8 billion budget proposal.

 

Newtown Representative JP Sredzinski is among the lawmakers calling for a fundamental change in the way Connecticut comes up with a budget.  He says there are no easy answers to solve the state's financial woes.  But he wants the General Assembly to adopt a long term vision for budgeting, not just to get through to the next election cycle.