Legislative leaders adjust state budget
(07/29/03) HARTFORD - Tuesday's state budget vote was put on hold, following another all night negotiating session. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan that includes some significant changes that were made overnight.
House Speaker Moira Lyons (D-Stamford) pushed for changes in the budget deal after her rank and file members expressed strong objections in Monday's caucus.
The negotiators made three significant changes; they restored $12.5 million in cash payments to the poor, restored $7 million to local education and they put $1 million back into the prescription drug plan for senior citizens.
To pay for the restorations, the negotiators deferred, for one year, the repeal of the newspaper tax that will raise $15 million. And $10 million will be transferred from the transportation fund to the general fund. The adjustments amount to about $20 million.
Officials say the House of Representatives could vote Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how long it takes to print the budget. The Senate would vote sometime afterward, possibly Thursday.