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Malloy: It's "unimaginable" he'll sign Democratic budget

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it is "unimaginable" he would sign a budget passed by the legislation. (WFSB file) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it is "unimaginable" he would sign a budget passed by the legislation. (WFSB file)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it is "unimaginable" he would sign a budget passed by the Democratic controlled legislature that wasn't negotiated with his office.

The Democrat predicted Thursday he will veto whatever the General Assembly passes before the session ends May 4 and probably call lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session to fix a $922 million deficit in the next fiscal year's budget.

The legislative session ends next Wednesday, and right now there are three different plans on the table, all with the goal of fixing a budget deficit of more than $900 million.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the legislature's Democratic majority has crafted a plan that tackles the entire deficit. He said rank-and-file lawmakers would review it on Thursday.

"We have a legislative budget package that represents what the legislative Democrats believe should be the priorities for the state of Connecticut," Sharkey said.

This is the second time Democrats have put forth a budget. The last one was heavily criticized because it had a $340 million hole.

Democrats said this new budget has no tax increases, but has hundreds of millions in cuts, and restores funding to education and has less severe cuts to social services.

Republicans, who have put forth their own budget, said the Democrats second attempt is full of gimmicks.

"I would argue this budget was just done as a pass to get to the Governor's office, just to say 'okay, we anted up and we are in the room now '...but this is not a real effort to change what we are doing in the state of Connecticut," said Republican State Senator, and Minority Leader Len Fasano.

It was unclear when a vote might occur.

Malloy said his administration has a "limited sense" of what the Democrats are proposing, denying there's any "bad blood" with lawmakers who've opposed his budget-cutting ideas.

The Democrats said they are hopeful.

"Now it's really up to us and the governor, and with the Republicans to come up with something we can put on the floor of the House and Senate and vote and move forward," said Democratic State Senator and Majority Leader Bob Duff.

Last year, a deal wasn't made on the budget until 5:30 a.m. the day the session ended.

A special session costs about $11,000 per day, for things like overtime and printing costs.

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