- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - While there’s no bipartisan agreement yet on how to cover this year’s budget shortfall, Connecticut officials say talks are continuing and that’s a good sign.

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday met privately again with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to come up with a plan to cover a $350 million to $370 million shortfall in this year’s $20 billion state budget.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the conversation was “productive” and talks are scheduled to resume Thursday. He would not elaborate on any remaining sticking points.

If a deal is reached, it’s unclear when rank-and-file legislators will return to the state Capitol for a special legislative session on the budget. Legislative leaders had hoped to meet during the second week of December, but acknowledged that could change.

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