Malloy frustrated as legislative budget talks continue

Hartford (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expressing frustration over how long it's taking Connecticut legislative leaders to reach a bipartisan state budget agreement.

Democratic leaders have told rank-and-file Democrats to keep the week of Oct. 23 open for possible budget votes.

After learning a vote on Friday won't happen, Malloy suggested Thursday that the leaders "maybe need to pick up the pace" of their closed-door negotiations, which haven't included the Democratic governor.

Malloy previously warned if a budget deal wasn't reached by Friday, lawmakers would have a difficult time passing a new two-year plan before Nov. 1 because of scheduling conflicts.

Top Republican and Democratic leaders say they made progress during Thursday's closed-door negotiations but haven't reached an ultimate deal. Only the leaders of the budget committees planned to meet Friday.



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