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Connecticut State Senate Approves Changes To State Budget

Connecticut State Senate Approves Changes To State Budget

With lightning speed, the state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday in special session on budget fixes for the controversial hospital tax and a renters’ rebates for the elderly and disabled.

The Senate voted 34-0 with Republican Sen. Craig Miner of Litchfield and Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. of Branford absent.

The discussion of the bill lasted less than two minutes, and no Republicans spoke on the measure.

“I think it’s the first time that the vote lasted longer than the deliberations on the floor,’’ said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano of North Haven.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney of New Haven, a legislator since 1981, said he could not recall a faster...

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