Connecticut lawmakers now hope to pass budget by June 30

- FILE - Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford (WTNH / Mark Davis)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic and Republican legislative leaders say they’re now aiming to pass a state budget by June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney of New Haven said Thursday “there is not any realistic prospect” of reaching an agreement on a new two-year state budget that can be approved before the General Assembly adjourns on June 7.

Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are struggling to reach a deal on how to cover a projected $5 billion deficit in the new two-year budget that begins July 1. The total budget is expected to be roughly $40 billion.

Malloy says he would prefer lawmakers reach an agreement before the regular legislative session ends. However, he acknowledges there are “very big issues” that need to be resolved.

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