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The state legislature meets today in a special session called by Governor Jodi Rell. The plan for today? Not much.
Democratic leaders who control both houses of the legislature say they won’t take up any of the plans aimed at filling a growing budget deficit.
How big is that deficit? Well, somewhere between 330 and 550 million dollars…and that’s only a few months after passage of what was supposed to be a balanced 2-year budget.
Governor Rell’s “deficit mitigation plan” has been widely panned by Democrats and interest groups, who say it inflicts big pain on families, children, and the elderly…and cuts aid to cities and towns.
Legislative Republicans have their own plan, that cuts spending – but restores municipal aid.
Then, yesterday, House Democrats finally unveiled their plan – which doesn’t make cuts to services or municipal aid – but does delay a 100 million dollar contribution to the state employees’ pension fund.
Your head spinning yet? That’s okay – we’ll sort it out with budget guru Keith Phaneuf and lawmakers.