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Legislative Budget Restoring Cuts Clears Connecticut Panel

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The Democratic-controlled budget-writing committee in Connecticut is rebuffing many of the budget cuts proposed by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.The Appropriations Committee voted 33-to-24 on Monday in favor of an alternative two-year, $40.5 billion spending plan that would restore many of the social service and health care cuts proposed by Governor Malloy.

While most Republican committee members voted against the bill, many said they support many aspects of the proposal. Sen. Rob Kane and other Republicans voiced concern about a proposal that would allow more spending by changing the rules of Connecticut's constitutional spending cap. Unfunded pension liabilities for state workers would no longer be counted.

Kane says he hopes bipartisan cooperation continues in the coming weeks, as a final agreement is reached with Malloy.

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Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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