Dems: Budget Vote Thursday, With or Without Gov. Support

The General Assembly will vote on a budget Thursday, with or without the governor’s support, Democrats said.

The impasse has been going on for months, but Senate President Donald Williams hopes that the two sides can reach a last-minute deal before the month ends, but he's not certain.

It's not certain because the back and forth has been brutal. It appeared briefly last week that there was hope for a deal. By the next morning, all hope was dead. A series of news conferences and attacks have followed and there has been little sign that real negotiating has been taking place.

In the meantime, the Democrats, who control the Legislature, plan to bring out a revised version of their earlier budget, which Rell vetoed. As with that proposal, it's questionable whether Democrats have enough support within their ranks to override a gubernatorial veto given its proposed tax increases.

Democratic leaders made their remarks at another in a series of budget rallies, where parents, teachers and preschoolers were protesting cuts to early childhood programs.

Last week, Connecticut exceeded the budget impasse record set in 1991, so each day sets a new record. 

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