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Democrats pass budget plan that Malloy says is incomplete

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A $19.9 billion spending plan offered by Democrats has cleared the Connecticut legislature's budget-writing committee, despite criticisms from Republicans and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that it doesn't fully cover next year's projected deficit.

The Democratic-controlled Appropriations Committee passed the bill with a vote of 33-24 on Wednesday.

A Malloy spokesman says the proposal is ``incomplete'' and the governor will unveil a revised budget next week that covers the full deficit, estimated by the Office of Fiscal Analysis to be at least $930 million.

Republican Senator Rob Kane, whose district includes Bridgewater and Roxbury, questioned why the committee's budget only covers $569 million of the shortfall when ``everybody in this building'' knew the figure was higher.

Democratic Sen. Beth Bye says there's still work to be done and this budget bill is just the first step.

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