Conn. House won't take up Dem deficit plan

HARTFORD - (AP) - The House of Representatives inConnecticut won't hold a rare Saturday session to take up aDemocratic budget deficit plan that Gov. M. Jodi Rell has vowed toveto.

A spokesman for House Speaker Chris Donovan tells The AssociatedPress that members were being notified Saturday morning that theplanned session has been canceled.

The decision comes hours after an early-morning vote by theSenate to pass the $535 million plan, but without enough votes tooverride Rell's threatened veto. The plan passed on a 21-15 vote,with three Democrats joining the Republicans. Twenty-four votes areneeded for a veto-proof majority.

Rell's veto promise came after she called the Democrats'proposed spending cuts "meager."

The current fiscal year is about $500 million in the red. Nextyear's deficit is estimated at $700 million.

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