- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Legislative leaders say they won’t meet the General Assembly’s first state budget deadline.

Thursday marks the final day for the Appropriations Committee to vote on a spending bill. However, both Democratic and Republican leaders said Wednesday more time is needed to work on a possible bipartisan agreement.

House and Senate leaders say they’ve agreed to “continue bipartisan work on the state budget” beyond the committee’s deadline. They are blaming multiple weather-related closings for causing a backup in committee meetings and interfering with budget negotiations.

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Legislators have agreed to move along “placeholder budget bills” to keep the process moving.

The General Assembly is negotiating changes to the second year of a bipartisan two-year, $41.3 billion budget approved last year.

This year’s legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on May 9.

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