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Lamont Says He Plans To Work With Republicans, Despite Likely Democratic Gains In The Legislature

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Associated Press
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Ned Lamont says he’s prepared to reach across the aisle to Republican lawmakers, even though Democrats are on track to increase their majorities in the state General Assembly next year.

After all the close races in Tuesday’s election are decided, Connecticut Democrats might pick up nine seats in the House for a new majority of 100-51. And in the Senate they might pick up two seats and increase their majority there 24 to 12.

That would mean veto proof super majorities in both chambers.

“If you’ve got a better idea come, you’ve got a place at the table and I’m all ears. But I think the Democrats did come up with solutions, and I appreciate we did have good discussions about that. And I hope that Republicans do come up with solutions of their own, where the numbers add up,” Lamont said.

Lamont said something similar after he won the gubernatorial election two years ago. But not much cooperative legislation was realized until the coronavirus pandemic.

The major lift next year would be the state’s two-year budget. Officials have projected billion dollar deficits that could eat-up Connecticut’s $3 billion rainy day fund.

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.