HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Connecticut’s House of Representatives early Sunday morning approved a state budget deal reached between legislative Democrats and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that expands gambling in Connecticut and shifts about $6 billion in mostly health care spending for the poor from under the state’s constitutional spending cap.
While the proposal does not include large-scale tax increases like the ones included in the budget passed two years ago, the General Assembly’s minority Republicans still criticized this latest plan for its policies, saying it does not fix the state’s fiscal woes.
“We’re still inching forward. We’re putting it together with duct tape, and Band-Aids, a little spit and glue. So much so, to fill holes we’re relying on things like Keno, things we haven’t even studied or heard about,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, referring to how the bill authorizes the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to institute the game of chance that’s based on the drawing of numbers.