Q&A: Cautious optimism, doubt about ending budget impasse

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – There’s both cautious optimism and uncertainty about whether Connecticut’s state budget impasse may end soon.

For the past week, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders have been holed up on the second floor of the state Capitol. Without Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the room, they’ve discussed ways to not only cover a projected $3.5 billion deficit in a roughly $40 billion two-year budget, but to make lasting fiscal changes.Related Content: Legislative leaders say real progress made, Malloy scolds for missing another deadline

Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says the last few days have been “a really good step forward,” but acknowledges getting to a bipartisan deal is difficult.

Lawmakers hope to present a draft budget soon for Malloy to consider. The governor, however, is warning his signature isn’t assured.

Connecticut has been without a state budget in place since July 1.

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