Senate passes Democratic budget plan

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The Connecticut Senate has passed a proposed two-year, $43 billion Democratic budget late Tuesday evening after over 8 hours of debate.

House Bill 7424 has passed 20 to 16.

The Democratic-controlled chamber was expected Tuesday to approve the deal finalized between legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. It was approved Monday by the House of Representatives.

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Republican Senate Leader Len Fasano, of North Haven, had unsuccessfully urged Democrats to postpone the vote. He says the legislation includes more than $450 million in state employee pension and health care cost savings, but “without any guarantees that these savings will be agreed to and approved by state employee unions.”

Democrats disagreed with Fasano’s argument that the unions should have approved the pension payment restructuring plan before Tuesday’s budget vote.

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Democratic Sen. Cathy Osten, of Sprague, is praising the budget for moving Connecticut “in the right direction.”

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