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State Senate passes $46 billion Connecticut budget

The state Senate followed the state House in passing the budget Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Ned Lamont, who has expressed his support for the spending plan.

The budget passed 31-4 in the Senate, following another bipartisan effort in the House. State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, who chairs the Appropriations Committee, praised the two-year, $46 billion budget for its funding in education, municipalities and nonprofits without raising taxes.

"It funds our investments in education from pre-K all the way through college. It provides state funding for our cities and towns, which helps local taxpayers. It makes investments in workforce development and in our cities," Osten said. "And it does this all without violating our state spending cap and while making large payments toward our pension debt."

Reps. Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme; Kathleen McCarty, R-Waterford; Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, and Greg Howard, R-Stonington, joined more than 20 Republicans in voting for the budget in the House, which was passed 116-31. State Sens. Heather Somers, R-Groton, and Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, joined Democrats and most of the rest of their party in supporting the legislation.

s.spinella@theday.com

 

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