Governor to Hold News Conference on Budget This Afternoon

Gov. Dannel Malloy will be holding a news conference at 3 p.m. Friday to discuss the state budget.

The news conference comes after members of the state General Assembly's budget-writing committee met to vote on proposed changes to the second year of the two-year state budget approved last year. 

It also comes after State Comptroller Kevin Lembo released a report saying that his office is projecting a $363.5 million deficit from operations, which is an increase of $170.8 million from the level reported last month. 

Lembo’s report says about $150 million of the change is due to an assumption that the federal government’s decision about reimbursement for budgeted increases in hospital rates and supplemental payments will be delayed beyond June 30. 


The agenda for General Assembly's budget-writing committee included considering a $20.8 billion proposal crafted by legislative Democrats, which restores funding to many programs that Malloy, a Democrat, unveiled in February. 

Republican committee members are also expected to recommend budget changes for consideration. 

The Democratic plan includes more money than Malloy's budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs, municipal aid, developmental disability services, and local and higher education. 

The legislature's budget- and tax-writing committees failed to vote out budget bills last year. Ultimately, it took until October until a two-year bipartisan budget deal was finalized. 

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