Lawmakers consider budget changes in special session

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering some late changes to the Democratic budget that drew strong criticism from major state employers.

But the General Assembly’s Republicans were unimpressed. Sen. Scott Frantz said the tax increases in the two-year $40.3 billion budget were scaled back by amount that’s “absolutely nothing” as a percentage.

Democratic Sen. John Fonfara reminded lawmakers the bill addresses high property taxes and transportation improvements, two concerns of business.

Both General Electric Co. and Aetna Inc. threatened to leave after the budget bill narrowly passed on June 3.

Lawmakers met Monday in special session to take up budget-related bills and legislation concerning excessive use of force by police and the governor’s criminal justice reforms.

The budget-related bills are wide-ranging, addressing issues that range from a license plate lottery study to banning microbeads.
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