Final Days All Talk, No Budget

No more time for chatter during the state's worst fiscal crisis in years.

Wednesday is the end of this year's legislative session and it looks like it’s going to come and go without a budget.

The lawmakers worked over the weekend, so that they can get back to work in a special session. On Saturday, both chambers of the General Assembly passed resolutions authorizing a special legislative session to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

House Majority Leader Denise Merrill said she hopes budget negotiators can then focus solely on how to deal with the state's worst fiscal crisis in years.
But without a budget deal, lawmakers will likely continue to have marathon debates over some contentious issues pushed by the Democrats.

They've already had hours-long debates over issues such as abolishing the death penalty, requiring employers to provide paid sick days and allowing people to register to vote on Election Day.

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