State budget halfway home
(07/30/03) HARTFORD - The Connecticut House of Representatives finally passed a budget on Wednesday night, a month late and without much enthusiasm.
This budget has resisted weeks of negotiations, and frustrated both legislators and citizens alike, as lawmakers tried to cover an estimated $900 million deficit for the coming year. Wednesday's session ended shortly after 8 p.m. with an 87-56 vote, finally passing the long-overdue budget. However, while the budget was passed, very few lawmakers went home happy.
The budget still has to go before the Senate, where it is expected to pass as well. Governor Rowland (R - CT) is also expected to sign the budget once the Senate has passed it.