HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It is day 112 without a state budget but top lawmakers say they are getting closer to a budget vote. The number of lawmakers backing the deal is going to be crucial.
Republican and democratic leaders are both talking about this budget bill passing by a large margin, because they are already preparing for Governor Dannel Malloy to veto this budget bill, just like he did the last one.
It is one reason the legislative leadership has gone through every line of the budget together, reaching compromises along the way. They do not want to go back to square one with another budget vetoed. They want to get this one done right, and get it passed by a veto-proof majority.
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Remember, for 112 days, the Governor has been running the state through executive orders, first because the general assembly missed the budget deadline of July 1, and then because Malloy vetoed the republican spending plan that passed last month.
Both parties are ready for another showdown with the Governor.
“We have to do something to fix the devastation that the governor is putting on towns and cities by his executive orders and the legislature’s ability to not override his veto,” said Themis Klardies, (R) House Minority Leader.
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“I’m looking forward to a vote next week that will pass by an overwhelming margin in both chambers,” said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), the Speaker of the House.
A veto override would require 101 votes in the house and 24 in the senate. One detail of the new bipartisan budget we now know is that it lets the car tax go up from 37 to 39 mills in the first year of the two year budget, then it eliminates the car tax in the second year. However, since that tax is responsible for over $700 million of revenue for cities and towns, your property tax will almost certainly go up and you’ll end up paying the same amount.
This budget also eliminates the property tax deduction and raises the cigarette tax. Connecticut will now be in a tie for the highest cigarette tax in the nation.
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Numbers still have to be crunched, the bill written up, but we expect a vote probably next week. Governor Malloy will be briefed on budget details Saturday.