Late last night the House approved the two-year, $40.11 billion budget. The new budget resolves the estimated $3.3 billion deficit that threatened to disrupt government services at some point.
The vote wasn't strictly along party lines, with 15 Democrats voting against the budget along with 52 Republicans, but it still passed 83-67. Democratic Reps. Linda Schofield, Paul Davis, Kim Fawcett, Mary Fritz, Claire Janowski, Ed Jutila, Steve Mikutel, Frank Nicastro, Jason Rojas, Richard Roy, Kim Rose, Dan Rovero, Jonathan Steinberg, Kathy Tallarita, and Chris Wright voted with Republicans. Gov. Malloy now has five days to sign the bill. UPDATE: The Governor will sign the budget today at 3:00PM at the Capitol.
The only stumbling block remaining is for the State unions to agree to $2 billion in concessions. Malloy stated in a press release:
“Now it’s up to my Administration to reach an agreement with our fellow state employees and to present it to the legislature for ratification. I remain hopeful that we’ll get there. If we don’t, I remain committed to presenting an alternative budget to the General Assembly in the next couple of weeks.The new budget increases the income tax .5% on individuals making more than $50,000 and 1% on couples and families making over $200,000. The state sales tax goes from 6% to 6.35%, and a wide variety of taxes are created or raised slightly.
“Make no mistake: come July 1, Connecticut will have an honest, balanced budget in place. No smoke, no mirrors. A solid foundation for the future.”
CT News Junkie has more details on the budget.