Committee Recommends Modest Spending Increases Over Governor’s Budget

Appropriations Committee co-chairs Rep. Toni Walker and Sen. Cathy Osten (seated) talk with ranking Republicans Sen. Eric Berthel and Rep. Tammy Nuccio. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

Appropriations Committee Co-Chair, Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) said the recommendation sticks to the spending cap, but increases the Educational Cost Sharing funding. 

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

The legislature’s Appropriations Committee released a two-year budget proposal Tuesday which out-spends recommendations from the governor in areas like Medicaid expansions and education support but forgoes countless other investments in order to comply with recently renewed spending limitations.

The committee, tasked with developing a state spending plan, responded to a $50.5 billion budget plan proposed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont in February with a $51 legislative rebuttal during a morning meeting. A legislative tax-writing committee is expected to present a revenue plan later this week.

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