Parties sharply divided over higher ed, labor costs, transportation

Democrats devote $26 million more to the Special Transportation Fund than Republicans did, nearly matching the resources Malloy sought. Malloy has been warning since November that the fund is headed for insolvency. Absent more funding, the state would need later this year to scrap some rail services, drive up fares, and suspend 40 percent of planned capital projects worth about $4.3 billion in construction activity — including major highway projects such as rebuilding the Hartford viaduct, the Malloy administration says.

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