- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the Connecticut House of Representatives vote on a revised $19.7 billion budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1. (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

A revised $19.7 billion Connecticut state budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit has passed the House of Representatives and now heads to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

The tax-and-spending deal reached between Malloy and the General Assembly’s majority Democrats cleared the House 74-70 Friday, with eight Democrats joining the minority Republicans in opposition.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) says the budget “wasn’t easy,” pointing out how it includes more than $820 million in cuts that “hurt people who really need help” and state employees who will likely face more layoffs.

But he says the budget was necessary, given the massive deficit.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (THEHM’-his KLEHR’-ih-dehs) agrees the bill cuts spending but says it doesn’t include the lasting changes needed to prevent future deficits.

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3:30 p.m.

Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward passing a $19.7 billion Democratic budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit in the new fiscal year.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was expected to pass the bill during a special legislative session on Friday. The bill cleared the Democratic Senate on Thursday.

As in the Senate, House Republicans criticized the deal the Democrats reached with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, claiming it doesn’t fully fix the state’s deficit problems. Rep. Chris Davis, a Republican from Ellington, predicts lawmakers will be back again to fix yet another deficit.

But Rep. Toni Walker, a New Haven Democrat, noted how the budget cuts more than $820 million in state spending and how she has been begged by various groups to protect the funding

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11 a.m.

It’s now up to the Connecticut House of Representatives to pass a revised $19.7 billion Democratic budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit in the new fiscal year.

The Democratic controlled House was scheduled to meet in special session Friday to vote on the plan, which is expected to result in hundreds of unfilled state employee positions. The bill cleared the Democratic controlled Senate on Thursday along party lines.

Besides the budget bill, House members are expected to vote on several other budget-related bills, including one that spells out details of the tax-and-spending plan. That legislation also cleared the Senate on Thursday.

The new budget is a retooled version of the second year of a two-year $40 billion budget lawmakers passed last year.

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