Rell offers revised budget with more cuts

HARTFORD - (AP) - Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell hasunveiled a revised spending plan in the hopes of sparking new lifeinto sluggish state budget talks.

The new budget cuts $1.3 billionin spending, closes some courthouses and parks, and introducesKeno, an electronic lottery game.

While Rell, a Republican, wants the Democratic-controlledGeneral Assembly to vote on it before the session adjourns on June3, it's questionable whether that will happen.

House Speaker Christopher Donovan says the plan would hurtmiddle- and low-income families and still falls $1 billion short ofcovering the state's projected two-year deficit.

Rell's two-year, $37.2 billion supplemental budget comes morethan three months after she proposed a $38.4 billion plan.

Closed-door budget negotiations broke down this week. It'sunclear when they will resume. The new fiscal year begins on July1.

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