Amid Dueling Proposals, Connecticut State Budget Impasse Continues

Jul 12, 2017

As the impasse on the Connecticut state budget continues, House Republicans held a presentation Tuesday for colleagues on their budget proposal.

Speaking to reporters, GOP House Minority Leader Themis Klarides said there are many budget proposals out there, and many iterations of all those budget proposals.

“And in the craziness that is the legislative session, and the post-legislative session, we thought it was very important from our perspective to just propose and present what is in our budget -- because we think the more information people have, the better product we will have going forward,” Klarides said.

“I did come up today to listen to the House Republican proposal,” Democratic Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said. “Part of the budget process is evaluating things. And maybe accepting some things you don’t like to retain the things you do like. Balancing municipal aid with taxes, or no taxes. Some of their proposals today are interesting, and we’re going to look at them. Some of them are problematic.”

Aresimowicz said he’s still focused on calling House members back for a special session on July 18.

But if a deal isn't ready, he said he’s confident an agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Governor Dannel Malloy has had to fund state government using his limited executive authority.