Democrats and Republicans made the announcement amid a joint news conference, side by side at the capital after meeting with the governor.
Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D) stated, “Taking $300 million out of higher education that is vital to our economic recovery, is silly. Taking tax incentives and car taxes out of the cities and taxing the most poorest people in the state of Connecticut, is silly.”
Senator Len Fasano of North Haven said, “So I guess what is not silly is allowing an executive order to go into affect that will cut education. An executive order that will cut municipalities. An executive order that is cutting social services. I guess that’s not silly!”
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There was strong back-and-forth about the budget.
How close are Democrats and Republicans to a compromise? Rep. Fasano says not as close as he would like.
“Did we find some common ground on smaller things? Yes,” he stated. “But it is really going to come down to the big ticket numbers we still have not found common ground.”
Despite all of the back-and-forth at the podium, News 8 talked with Senator Martin Looney (D) who said that behind closed doors, things are actually very civil.
“When we are meeting with the Governor, we are not talking about the Republican budget exclusively,” he said. “We are not talking about the budget that we Democrats had agreed on with the Governor. We are looking at both and trying to find compromise between the both”
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“We all get along, that doesn’t mean we all agree and have the same vision for the state of Connecticut,” she stated. “I believe we all are here for the right reasons and we want to move Connecticut forward.”
The Governor says the 13th is the date he hopes the budget is complete for a vote.