Connecticut lawmakers have wrapped up what's been a challenging legislative session. They still have to pass a new, two-year state budget that covers a projected $5 billion deficit. Danbury state Representative Bob Godfrey says they didn't really know what having a tied senate would mean for a number of bills. Godfrey says this was one of the most frustrating sessions.
Danbury state Senator Mike McLachlan says Republicans were eventually allowed to call up their budget proposal as an amendment. He says there's no excuse for not having a budget.
Senate Democrats claimed debate was "political theater" and a waste of time on the final day. It's unclear when budget talks between Governor Malloy and legislative leaders will resume now that the session has adjourned. Many outstanding issues are tied up in the budget process, ranging from public education funding reform to the possible privatization of more state-run social service programs.
Bucking with tradition, Malloy did not deliver a midnight address to lawmakers.