Gov. Malloy to meet with Republicans, veto their budget plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s a meeting in Hartford that could move the state a small step closer to a budget deal. Discussions on the hospital tax continue Wednesday.

The republican budget plan that narrowly passed the legislature a week and a half ago will be formally vetoed by Governor Dannel Malloy Wednesday. The governor is also meeting with republican leaders to try to make progress on a small part of the budget.

They will be talking about the hospital tax. Both the republicans and democrats in the assembly want the same thing…an increase in that hospital tax. It brings in $136 million in revenue, and it actually lets those hospitals collect more money in federal reimbursement, so they benefit, too. They are trying to get that settled by Sunday.Related: Still another snag in budget stalemate

October first is when the federal fiscal year begins and the state needs to apply for funding like that. There is another, desperate need for funding and that is from families that include adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The funding for the programs they need is tied up until a state budget is in place.

“For families with disabled kids like my daughter’s age, that urgency has been there every day for the last two years. It’s felt like being tied to the tracks with a train with a train barreling down at you,” said Doug Jacoby, Weston.

They say the funding they need is included in both the democratic and republican budget proposals, but the one that passed is about to be vetoed by the governor, and the one the governor wants to pass does not have the votes.

The two parties met Tuesday for the first time since the republican budget passed the legislature a week and a half ago. More meetings are planned today.

The Assembly could go back into session Thursday or Friday in order to vote on the hospital tax. This is the 89th day without a state budget in place.

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