HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There will be no votes in the legislature tomorrow on a budget plan and there’s no plan to present to the Governor just yet.
Friday, Oct. 13, had been considered another important deadline in the state budget stalemate, but we are going to blow through it. The Governor says lawmakers need to “pick up the pace.”
On Wednesday night, Republican leaders were reluctant to speak about progress.
However, that seemed to change the next day.
“We are definitely headed in an absolute right direction,” said Sen. Len Fasano (R-North Haven) the Republican Senate President Pro tem.
Leaders from both parties actually looked enthusiastic about progress on Thursday.
After their fifth day of negotiations, they announced key committee chairs will be working throughout the next few days on specific issues, saying they’re making big progress on an education funding formula
and that all sides agree that the hospital tax/medicaid formula part of the budget which must be addressed soon. Leaders told members to be ready for votes later in the month.
“Hold the week of the 23rd and we’re hopeful we can get in at some point,” said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) the Speaker of the House.
In a hastily called news conference, the Governor scolded the legislature for missing another deadline.
There is a bipartisan plan for the bipartisan honeymoon. As we first reported last week; Democratic State Representative Caroline Simmons of Stamford is to be married this Saturday to Republican State Senator Art Linares of Westbrook. They have booked a honeymoon on an island off the African coast.
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In the 18-18 evenly divided State Senate, that could be a potential problem if there was a close vote. Representative Simmons told News 8 last week that they could potentially postpone their honeymoon.
But the top leaders in the Assembly say that should not happen.
Said Sen. Fasano, “That’s a personal event that you just don’t miss, they planned this a year in advance.”
Added Rep. Aresimowicz, “I would advise Representative Simmons the same thing; go on your honeymoon.”
So what would happen if a potential close vote were to come up in the Senate while Linares was away? Under the understanding of divided power, one of the Democrats would be “absent and not voting” to make the split remain even at 17-17 with the Democratic Lt. Governor still able to break any tie vote.
Many top lawmakers have been invited to the wedding at a shoreline location on Saturday. Leaders said they’d be back at the negotiating table Sunday or Monday.