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Conn. Lawmakers Back In Hartford After Dems Fail To Pass A Budget Thurs Night

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State Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven.


An attempt by Democrats in the Connecticut legislature to pass a budget collapsed late last night. 

Democratic leaders had high hopes on Thursday of finally being able to pass a budget that’s more than 2 months overdue. After lawmakers spent the whole day at the capitol waiting for the debate to begin, by 11:30 p.m. it was evident that the Democrats were not able to bring up the bill.Senate Democratic President Martin Looney of New Haven says they couldn’t get the documents prepared for a vote.

“Our latest report was that all the documents wouldn’t be ready until two or three o’clock in the morning .The House then decided to not try to vote this evening given the length of the wait that would be required.”

Senate Republican President Len Fasano of North Haven says the Democrats never had the votes.

“How do you come out with a multiple page budget , all these tax increases, keep it a secret from your membership, and expect that you are going to get everybody in line in a couple of hours?”

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides of Derby says it was a waste of time to have lawmakers there all day.

“We spent the entire day here and nothing has happened.”

Democratic leaders say the Senate will convene again at noon today. At issue has been agreeing on how to close a $3.5 billion deficit in the state’s two year budget.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.