House and Senate approve Republican budget plan, but Malloy will veto

Connecticut State representatives at the Capitol (AP Photo / Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut House and Senate, in a surprising change of political dynamics, approved the Republican budget plan at 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Hartford Courant reports that Democrats in both the House and Senate broke party lines to support the Republican plan. The final vote by the House of Representatives took place hours after three key Democratic Senators suddenly split from their party to back the Republican plan in the Senate Friday afternoon.

Six Democrats in the House were swayed to vote for the Republican plan, which was enough to get it passed by a vote of 78 to 72 Saturday morning, the Courant reports.

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Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, had already announced previously that he would veto the Republican plan; mostly because of large cuts to education.

A complete breakdown of the now passed Budget Bill is available here.

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Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement on the budget:

There have been a lot of questions about what transpired in the legislature in the past day. But the reality is evident: the Republicans’ unbalanced and unsustainable budget attacks our system of collective bargaining, shreds public higher education in Connecticut, abandons our neighbors suffering from crumbling foundations, blocks our cities from becoming economic engines for our state, and fails our students, who are looking for an opportunity to succeed in the future.

I have traveled to all corners of the state in recent months, talking to those who felt left out of our political system and are making their voice heard since Donald Trump was elected. I can assure you that there is a groundswell of grassroots supporters who believe in our values and that what we are fighting for is right. They will not be slowed down in this effort to move Connecticut forward.

They are ready to stand up — and we are ready to work with them and our elected leadership — to fight for Democratic candidates and elected officials who will defend our state’s values.

I want to make one thing very clear: We will support the Democrats who continue to demonstrate that they stand up for our party’s values, and I want to thank our legislative leaders and those in the legislature who made their voices heard over these past two days. I am proud that they made the hard choice to stand up for the future of our state and I will be standing with them on the front lines as they fight to grow our economy and support all communities and institutions that make Connecticut stronger and more prosperous.”

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