Local lawmakers get first detailed look of budget deal

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Budget caucus day for State Representatives.

A “caucus” is simply a private meeting of lawmakers all from the same political party so that they can go over major policy issues privately and discuss any differences they may have over certain items in a proposed law.

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In this case it’s the state budget that affects virtually every community and constituent group in some way. This is the first detailed look that local lawmakers have to see the fruits of the 12 days of closed door discussions the leaders of both parties had that culminated in their announcement on Wednesday that they had an agreement “in principle.”

The Governor is still “out of the loop” on this deal. Legislative leaders plan to brief him on the plan on Friday.

State Senators meet in their caucuses on Monday. If everything goes well actual votes in the House and Senate would be some day late next week.

Some of the details that have been announced on the budget deal include tax increases on cigarettes, as well as restrictions on tax credits.

The budget deal caps car taxes at 39 mills for the first year, and then eliminates that tax by year two. It is estimated that car taxes generate roughly $700 million each year for cities and towns. In return, cities and towns get relief from “Prevailing Wage” law that some believe would greatly reduce labor costs on municipal projects.

News 8’s Mark Davis will have a full report on the budget deal coming up tonight on News 8 at 6:00pm.

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