State Senate wrestles with budget vote

(07/31/03) HARTFORD - The Senate is expected to pass a two-year, $27.5 billion state budget Thursday. The House approved the bill Wednesday night with little debate. Democrats say they have enough votes on their side to pass the budget, but they say it's time for the Republicans to hold up their end of the bargain and provide a substantial number of votes.

Senate President Kevin Sullivan (D-West Hartford) says leaders from both parties negotiated a bipartisan budget, which means rank and file Republican senators, not just Democrats, should support the bill.

Republican Senator William Aniskovich said three of the 15 Senate Republicans plan to vote for the package.

Most of the Democratic and Republican lawmakers don't like the package negotiated by their leaders. It contains numerous unpopular spending cuts, tax increases and one-time revenue shifts.

If the Senate passes the plan it will go to Governor Rowland's (R-CT) desk to be signed.

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