Connecticut lawmakers still can't agree on a state budget and may not vote on one this week.
On Monday, the governor proposed a "min-budget” to give lawmakers a little more time. But Republicans and Democrats said we need a "real" budget, not temporary solutions.
Lawmakers should have passed a budget on the June 7, but that deadline has passed. There's another deadline this Friday.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers discussed what’s next at press conferences on Tuesday.
"To wait until today to say they are not going to do anything is just short of disgusting,” Senate President Len Fasano, who is a Republican, said.
Republicans were urging lawmakers to return to the capital and do what they're supposed to do, pass a budget.
Fasano has sent a letter to Democratic leaders urging action. The letter said the governor's backup plan, which includes running the state by executive order "will devastate municipalities, local education funding, non-profits and social services."
Gov. Dannel Malloy agrees an executive order would include painful cuts. On Monday, Malloy surprised everyone with another option, a mini-budget.
"We are not going to have a full year budget between now and July 1,” Malloy said. “It’s just not going to happen."
Republicans said a “mini-budget” would be better than an executive order, but it’s still a Band-Aid.
Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney said he is "prepared to sign an emergency certified bill today calling the Senate into session on Thursday to vote on the proposed 'mini-budget' for the first quarter of the fiscal year."
"I am concerned about the Speaker’s decision to not sign an e-cert which would prevent the Senate from voting on a plan prior to July 1. No one wants the governor to run the state by executive order. I am disappointed by these developments and hope that the Speaker reconsiders his position," Looney said in a statement on Tuesday. “This proposed single quarter budget is the only plausible and acceptable measure short of universal agreement on a comprehensive two-year budget. The Republican proposal is not an option as it relies on unrealistic and illusory savings. In addition, it is built on devastating cuts to the poor, to cities and towns, and to the University of Connecticut, as well as failing to responsibly address our pension obligations.”
At the moment, only the governor and Republicans have a budget. House Minority Leader Themis Klarides said she's already started calling members back from vacation to vote this Thursday. Klarides blasted Democrats.
"How is it you are in charge and in the governor’s office? And yet you don't make your deadlines by June 7,” Themis Klarides said. “Next one July 1 and yet somehow it’s not their fault."
Right now it doesn't look like anything is going to happen Thursday. Everyone expects the House speaker is leaning towards a “mini-budget.”
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