HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–The bipartisan amigos, also known as the top leaders of the House and Senate from both political parties, sat around the table again today and decided that they will bring lawmakers back to Hartford next week to fix the Hospital Tax language in the budget rather than over ride the Governor’s line item veto.
In his line item veto message, Governor Dannel Malloy said that the language would not be approved by the federal government and result in the hospitals not getting the increased federal dollars that would, in turn, give them the funds to pay a hike in the Hospital Tax.
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“I think there’s a realization that the language that was in the budget is failed language that has to change, otherwise there’s no chance of success,” Malloy said.
Lawmakers also plan to fix the problem that 67-year-old Linda Heston and thousands of other seniors and the disabled have been waiting for; getting the Renters Rebate checks sent out which have now been delayed almost a month.
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Added the Governor, “That’s a legislative problem. the only people that can correct legislative problems is the legislature.”
After today’s leaders’ meeting, the Republican leader in the Senate, Sen. Len Fasano (R-North Haven) saying, “We’re meeting with the Governor’s office to talk about the solutions today and that will be incorporated in our plan on Tuesday and Wednesday.” The Senate plans to vote on the fixes Tuesday and the House on Wednesday.
Legislative leaders said today that they could guarantee that Linda and thousands of others still waiting would have those checks by the end of this month. The Governor is blaming the legislative leadership for leaving him out of the budget negotiations last month saying, “They weren’t taking advice, and they didn’t execute well.”
Legislative leaders also said today that the cable TV channel that covers state government, known as C-T-N, will resume live coverage of State Capitol events next week. It ceased live operations when the non-profit group that was running it said they couldn’t keep going after a 50 percent cut in funding.
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