Lawmakers release budget, Lamont gets most requests

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HARTFORD -

Two months after Gov. Ned Lamont put out his budget proposal, the state budget writing committee approved its own spending plan Tuesday afternoon.

Leaders of the state Appropriations Commitee say they expect Lamont’s controversial plan to shift some teacher pension payments to towns to end up in the final budget. However, because of an apparent printing mistake, the panel did not vote on that idea today. 

Towns are expected to put up a fight, saying property taxes will go up if they have to cover pensions. 

Gov. Lamont is also getting a Paid Family Medical Leave program and a hike in minimum wage.

Lawmakers also want to fund a new class of state troopers. 

One thing Lamont isn't getting in the plan is a cut in the Medicare Savings Program for seniors. The budget writing panel also rejected Lamont's so-called “debt diet." 

Democrats also backed off another controversial idea that would have targeted Connecticut's richest residents with a new tax on investment income. They decided to simply study the idea.

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