$40 billion state budget signed into law

HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) today signed into law a two-year, $40 billion budget proposal that had been given final legislative approval by the Democratic-controlled House.

The House approved the plan in an 83-67 vote late last night after nearly 10 hours of debate. But the plan is not yet finished because it relies on $2 billion in labor savings over two years that have not yet been negotiated with state employees.

Shortly before he signed the bill, Malloy said his budget director was meeting with state commissioners to prepare for the layoffs of "thousands and thousands" of state employees.

Many Connecticut residents are expected to see a tax increase.

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