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House Narrowly Approves Budget With 0.4% Increase, Sends It To Governor

House Narrowly Approves Budget With 0.4% Increase, Sends It To Governor

HARTFORD — The state House gave final legislative approval Friday night to a $19.76 billion budget that closes a projected $1 billion deficit by cutting programs and increasing overall spending by 0.4 percent over the current year.

The measure, which was passed Thursday night by the state Senate, was favored by most Democrats and strongly opposed by Republicans and state employee unions.

After a debate that lasted more than six hours, the bill passed 74-70 with eight conservative Democrats and all Republicans opposing it. The legislation now goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who negotiated the deal with top legislators and is expected to sign the budget into...

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