- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - In a story May 12 about the Connecticut Senate passing budget legislation, The Associated Press reported erroneously in its 11:15 p.m. item and in its story summary the cost of the proposed budget. The budget plan is $19.7 billion, not $19.7 million.

A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: Connecticut Senate passes budget details

The Senate has passed legislation that spells out some details of the new $19.7 billion budget, including a new program to help encourage entrepreneurship in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the Connecticut state Senate voting on a $19.7 billion budget and related legislation during a special legislative session on Thursday. (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

The Senate has passed legislation that spells out some details of the new $19.7 billion budget, including a new program to help encourage entrepreneurship in Connecticut.

The so-called budget implementation bill cleared the Democratic controlled Senate late Thursday by a mostly party-line vote of 20-16. The House of Representatives will take up the same legislation Friday. Both chambers are meeting in special sessions because they ran out of time to finish the budget bills during the regular session.

Under the legislation, CTNext, a new subsidiary of the state’s quasi-public venture capital agency is created to help entrepreneurs.

The bill also allows municipalities to impose a local surcharge on the admission charged at various facilities. Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says he worries it could lead to other local taxes.


5 p.m.

The Connecticut Senate has passed a $19.7 billion Democratic budget that attempts to cover a projected $960 million deficit in the new fiscal year with cuts throughout state government and state job reductions.

The bill cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate on a partisan vote of 21-15 during Thursday’s special legislative session. The House planned to vote Friday on the same bill.

Lawmakers ran out of time to pass the legislation before the regular session adjourned May 4.

Majority Democrats say the bill protects key services while making $820 million in spending reductions across state government.

But Republicans say the budget doesn’t include the structural changes needed to address Connecticut’s fiscal problems, while making unfair cuts to hospitals, municipalities and others.

Senators planned to vote on other budget-related bills Thursday.


2 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass a budget deal he recently reached with legislative Democrats, saying it will change how the state does business in the future.

Besides more than $820 million in cuts, the Democratic governor is referring to how the budget legislation ends the practice of automatically increasing spending on state programs based on current spending levels.

Instead, this plan calculates spending growth based on “fixed cost drivers,” such as debt service, pensions and Medicaid.

The Senate was debating the proposed $19.7 billion budget bill and related legislation Thursday. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday.

State employee unions are urging lawmakers to “vote their consciences” and oppose the budget, predicting it will “damage the quality of life for millions of residents.”


12:30 a.m.

Connecticut state senators are returning to the Capitol for a special legislative session to vote on a revised budget for the new fiscal year that tackles a projected $960 million deficit.

The Senate is scheduled to convene Thursday morning.

Lawmakers are set to vote on the proposed $19.7 billion budget the majority Democrats reached with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

They’ll also vote on several budget-related bills and Malloy’s latest criminal justice legislation. Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff says there’ve been changes to the proposal, which expands juvenile court jurisdiction to offenders who are 20 or younger and makes changes to the bail system.

The House is scheduled to vote Friday.



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