A revised state budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit has passed the House and now heads to the governor's desk. The tax-and-spending deal cleared the House 74-70 yesterday, with eight Democrats joining the minority Republicans in opposition.
Kent state Representative Roberta Willis, a retiring Democrat, acknowledged there are many things in the budget that people on both sides of the aisle don't like. She said there's no way to solve this deficit problem in a pleasant way.
Willis took issue with GOP claims that the Democratic-controlled legislature is to blame for the current crisis, for "destroying business" with recent tax increases and other policies and for making the state a place that people and businesses want to flee.
Danbury state Representative Jan Giegler, a retiring Republican, said she could not support this budget because it did not address the long-term solutions Connecticut needs in order to regain a solid fiscal footing, unfairly penalizes the most vulnerable populations and uses gimmicks that created the perpetual budget deficits the state has been battling for years.