Legislators talk budget cuts

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Governor and lawmakers stood together at the Capitol summing up back-to-back days of budget talks. They say they are moving forward.

Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach the middle ground. At points in the discussions Governor Malloy could be heard raising his voice during the talks.

“We have had a lot of pointed discussions which hopefully will lead us to a result.”

And lawmakers stepping out into the hallway, meeting on their own in another conference room. Themis Klarides, a Republican from Derby says it was to take the temperature.

“The governor had his proposals in the legislature and we’ve had our separate proposals, so we wanted to see where we we could get and kind of flesh out the issues we may have had with each other substantively.”

For now, they are trying to keep the cuts and proposals and tax adjustments behind closed doors, so as not to muddy the waters in the media, but Martin Looney President Pro Tempore says they are closing in on common ground.

“We think we have narrowed a lot of the differences between us and are moving closer.”

Lawmakers are talking about one item in particular; the cuts the hospital’s Medicaid reimbursements. Hospitals have been campaigning across the states, running advertisements on TV saying please don’t cut our funding. It has already happened and right now, lawmakers don’t believe they’re going to be able to get much of that back.

Len Fasano, Senate Minority Leader, says as they push forward, progress is being made.

“There are a lot of different topics where we found some commonality, so we are going to go back through and sharpen our numbers and see what we can do and be back on Monday and Tuesday.”

Lawmakers are hoping to schedule a special secession for the week of December 7th.

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