CT Senate gives final approval to $46.4 billion state budget

The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 31-4 to approve the package, which makes major new investments in municipal aid, education and human services, avoids major tax hikes, and delivers tax relief to working poor families. The House approved the package 116-31 shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. In both chambers, a significant number of Republicans joined with the Democratic majority to pass the plan. At Lamont’s insistence, the package includes no major tax hikes, though the legislature did approve the governor’s proposal for a new highway usage fee on large commercial trucks through a separate bill. The new state budget also is expected to help cities and towns avoid property tax increases through a dramatic increase in municipal aid.


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