Senate finally passes state budget
(07/31/03) HARTFORD - After weeks of negotiation, the state Senate has finally passed a two-year budget.
The proposal, which was passed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, passed by a vote of 26 to 8 in the Senate. The budget is worth $27.5 billion and aims to close a deficit nearing a billion dollars.
Both Democrats and Republicans said they were not happy with the budget, but elected to pass the plan rather than continue with negotiations and leave the state without a budget.
Six Republicans and 20 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while eight Republicans voted against it. Two of the 36 members of the Senate were absent.
Governor Rowland (R - CT) will receive the bill in about ten days for approval.