Lawmakers give final approval to new state budget including major investments in social services

The state Senate has given final approval to the new state budget highlighted by $500 million in tax cuts, and major investments in social services.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2022, 10:23 AM

Updated 771 days ago

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The state Senate has given final approval to the new state budget highlighted by $500 million in tax cuts, and major investments in social services.
Lawmakers also gave final approval to the bill requiring police to notify families within 24 hours after the death of a loved one.
The budget now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont. Here's a breakdown on the plan.
In a statment Gov. Lamont said, "This bipartisan budget is the Connecticut difference I spoke of on the opening day of this legislative session. Tonight, the General Assembly voted to give taxpayers their largest tax cut in history, while paying down $3.5 billion in unfunded liabilities, making groundbreaking investments in childcare, crime prevention, environment protection, and caring for our most vulnerable residents. We are transforming Connecticut, making it a place where people and businesses want to grow and set down roots. I want to thank the members of the General Assembly, town leaders, and everyday residents who raised their voices in support of this budget."
The House also sent a bill to the Senate giving legislators a pay raise for the first time in 20 years.
If passed, the bill would raise the base pay from $28,000 to $40,000 a year beginning in January of 2023, after this year's election.
Supporters say the low pay for what is supposed to be a part-time job has made it difficult to find people willing to run for office. It now heads to the Senate for final approval before the end of the session on Wednesday.


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