Republican legislators sent their first state budget proposal to the governor’s desk in decades early Saturday morning, capping a strange day that didn’t move Connecticut any closer to a new fiscal plan, instead raising new questions about the balance of power at the Capitol.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy already had pledged to veto the GOP budget hours before it cleared the House by a 77-73 vote shortly before 3:15 a.m.
Meanwhile, leaders from both parties left the Capitol resigned to resume bipartisan talks in hopes of reaching a deal before a series of fiscal calamities strike in two weeks.
‘We are in this room’
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said Republican caucuses that have felt overlooked in too many budget debates in recent history, have a key role to play in crafting that final agreement.
“We are in this room because we love this state and we want to make it better,” she said, noting the Republican plan drew endorsements from municipal advocates and the state Realtors’ association. “There is a reason people have endorsed this. This is going to be moving Connecticut forward.”
Nine hours before the House debate ended, Republicans scored their first win shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when three moderate Democrats joined with all 18 GOP members of the Senate to pass the plan there by a 21-15 margin.
And despite Malloy’s veto threat, five Democratic representatives teamed up with all 72 Republicans in the House early Saturday to send the measure to his desk.
Democrats, who hold a 79-72 edge in the House, didn’t have to call the bill. But House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said it was…
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