HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The General Assembly's two budget committees are expected to vote out spending and tax plans, setting the stage for full-fledged budget negotiations between lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Both the Appropriations Committee and the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, each controlled by the Democrats, were scheduled to meet Friday.
Rep. Patricia Widlitz, a Democrat from Guilford and the co-chairman of the Finance Committee, said her panel has been working hard to "work within the parameters" of Malloy's proposed two-year, $43.8 billion budget and not raise taxes.
Malloy's plan does extend some taxes that were set to expire.
House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz said tax increases could come up during negotiations with Malloy. He also predicted there will ultimately be "substantial changes" to Malloy's budget, calling some cuts drastic.
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