HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers have returned to the Capitol in an attempt to approve an overdue state budget after a late-night session failed to produce a vote.
The Senate planned an afternoon session Friday to debate the two-year plan, which addresses an estimated $3.5 billion deficit.
The Democrats proposal includes a new 49-cent monthly surcharge on cellphones, a new vacation home tax, higher taxes for hospitals, a 25-cent charge per trip on ride-sharing services like Uber and a 45-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase.
Republicans oppose the package.
The House of Representatives is expected to debate the budget later Friday, after failing to reach a vote early Friday morning.
The budget is two months late. The plan is for the fiscal year that began July 1 and the year beginning next July 1.
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