Connecticut House passes $19.7 billion budget

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A revised $19.7 billion Connecticut state budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit has passed the House of Representatives and now heads to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

The tax-and-spending deal reached between Malloy and the General Assembly’s majority Democrats cleared the House 74-70 Friday, with eight Democrats joining the minority Republicans in opposition.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz says the budget “wasn’t easy,” pointing out how it includes more than $820 million in cuts that “hurt people who really need help” and state employees who will likely face more layoffs.

But he says the budget was necessary, given the massive deficit.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides agrees the bill cuts spending but says it doesn’t include the lasting changes needed to prevent future deficits.

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