HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – It looks like a deal has been made on the state budget, but a vote is still needed.
The legislative session ends in four days.
Can the legislator pass a budget and take action on multiple bills before the deadline?
The budget has caused quite a stir in recent days.
Yesterday late afternoon, the governor and Democratic leaders said they were very close to an agreement.
Lawmakers have passed bills, but what about recreational marijuana, which we’ve heard a lot about?
Time is running out, but it looks like a state budget will be passed on time.
âThey write the documents. Things are going well. They’ve switched to the federal dollar plan, which is a good sign and I think it will be ready to go next week, âsaid Democratic State Representative and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter.
âI felt very strong at the start and systematically we weren’t going to raise taxes. We didn’t need to raise taxes, âGovernor Ned Lamont said.
The budget does not increase taxes and can
“There are some issues that we are still trying to solve, but we are happy that there is no tax increase, that municipal and ESC funding has been maintained,” said the representative of the Republican state and minority leader Vinnie Candelora.
A plan to raise taxes on semi-trailers is now off budget and is being drafted as a bill.
Heavy trucks would be charged a per mile charge.
The president of the Motorized Transport Association declares:
âIf it is enacted, state companies will pay for it, while outside companies will not. “
But other states have user fees, and many have tolls.
âWe call on elected officials to make their future your priority. We cannot wait. There is no next year, âsaid DEEP commissioner Katie Dykes.
Also out of the budget is a plan to raise the gasoline tax to give incentives for electric cars.
Regarding legislation, Jennifers’ law has been passed. This adds coercive control to domestic violence laws.
The bill is named in honor of Jennifer Dulos and Jennifer Magano, who watched her mother get killed.
“She was murdered when I was twenty-one by my stepfather after years of domestic violence and coercive control,” said Jessica Rosenbach, whose mother was murdered.
Despite much discussion, recreational marijuana remains a work in progress.
âWe made a few small adjustments. We had the opportunity to present it to our House caucus yesterday. I think it went very well, âadded Jason Rojas, Democratic state representative and majority leader.
Democrats still appear to be hopeful that they can bring pot and get a vote next week, but time is running out and there doesn’t appear to be much support for doing so in a special session.
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