CT budget may soon come up for a vote

(07/28/03) HARTFORD - After nearly a month without a budget, legislative leaders briefed their members Monday afternoon on the compromise plan they hope to pass. Leaders are hoping to convince their rank-and-file members to support the package, claiming the state's budget forecast only gets worse if the budget isn't passed.

Governor John Rowland (R-CT) added a bit of hard sell pressure by signing an executive order to cover spending for the next 48 weeks. Rowland said if the state continues with the executive order, there is no doubt that aid to cities and towns will be impacted.

Most of the state aid to municipalities was rescued in the budget compromise; cities and towns will lose about $10 million. The cash portion of State Administered General Assistance would lose about $18 million, although many Democrats want leaders to restore all or some of that money. And the state would trade future tobacco settlement installments for a bigger payment this year.

A vote on the state budget plan is tentatively planned for this week.

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