Rowland might accept higher tax increase

(07/17/03) HARTFORD - Governor John Rowland (R-CT) sent a strong signal Thursday that he is willing to accept a larger tax increase in the stalled budget.

At an non-related news conference, the questioning quickly turned to the budget and the governor was asked how the two sides should resolve this final $100 million difference. Rowland's response was to split it down the middle, $50 million in additional revenues and $50 million in other cost saving measures.

The statement took Democrat leaders by surprise. They welcomed the movement but made no predictions that it would solve the stalemate.

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