State Senate to go into session Wednesday night to take up bipartisan budget plan

- FILE - The Connecticut Senate Chamber (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD,Conn. (WTNH) — The top leaders say they expect an overwhelming vote in favor of the bipartisan budget plan on Wednesday night.

Senators are scheduled to meet in closed door caucuses in the early evening to go over the final document, especially the items that were changed during a telephone conference call that went most of Tuesday night. After that, they will come out to the chamber sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a formal debate and vote.

“We’ve worked hard to help UConn and higher education,” stated Majority Leader Bob Duff (D). “[To] help education in our communities, help municipal aid as well. To keep property taxes down and also worked to support social services.”

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“We’re going to come in at 5 p.m., have dinner, talk about the budget, see what’s going on, bring people up to speed on some of the changes, get on the floor by 7 p.m. or 8 o’clock at night is our hope,” said Senate President Pro tem Len Fasano (R).

Several items that have been in and out of this plan during negotiations are in the final document, including a 25 cent fee on ride-sharing services like Uber and a $10 hike in the motor vehicle registration fee to fund the state parks. In the second year, annuity and Social Security income will be exempt from the state income tax, so that is actually a tax cut for many senior citizens.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee approved the deal 33-2.

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