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BEST OF BASH

J Brendan Sharkey

With Deficit — And Tensions — Growing, No Budget Deal Yet

With Deficit — And Tensions — Growing, No Budget Deal Yet

HARTFORD — With $1 billion less to spend than expected, state legislators are frustrated and flummoxed that Connecticut's tax collections keep falling through the floor — preventing them from cutting a deal and balancing next year's budget.

After making most of the easy cuts in recent years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators don't yet have the answers — at least not an agreed-upon package of answers to form a budget-cutting coalition that can win passage in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the governor's office. As a result, lawmakers have hit a wall at the Capitol as they scramble to find solutions before the mandatory adjournment of the...

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