State budget talks to resume after holiday

- FILE - State Capitol building in Hartford. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Legislative leaders say they are aiming for a special legislative session to approve cuts in the state budget the week of December 7.

The leaders emerged after a three-and-a-half hour negotiating session with the Governor, the longest meeting to date. They say negotiations are to resume next Tuesday. “I think that there’s now an opening for substantial progress to be made, is how I would characterize it,” said Gov. Malloy. “I think progress has been made.”

It was revealed Tuesday, that numbers for the state employee retirement plan being pushed by the Republicans and Senate Democrats does not save as much money as had been originally estimated. The Governor still remains firmly opposed to this plan.

The Leaders also concede that restoring all of the cuts that the Governor made to the hospitals in September does not appear to be achievable.

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