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Local lawmaker introduces bill to hold some legislative pay if budget approval is late

New Milford State Representative Bill Buckbee has submitted a proposal that would cut pay to legislators, if the state budget is not passed by the statutory deadline.  According to current state law, the budget must be passed by the final day of the legislative session. The proposal calls for all legislators and constitutional officers to have their salary reduced in proportion to the number of days that elapse before a state budget is enacted.  Buckbee called it common sense to implement some form of accountability.  He notes that the budget bind is getting tighter, but that does not excuse lawmakers from tackling it and implementing corrective policies that address the growing pension liability and general debt.