HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A state budget that calls for big spending increases for science and technology at the University of Connecticut and expands gambling to bring in more revenue cleared the House of Representatives on Sunday and now heads to the Senate just days before the 2013 legislative session ends.
The deal between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and majority Democrats shifts about $6 billion in mostly health care spending for the poor from under the state’s constitutional spending cap. It does not include large-scale tax increases such as those in the budget that passed two years ago, but minority Republicans still found fault.
“We’re still inching forward. We’re putting it together with duct tape, and Band-Aids, a little spit and glue,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. “So much so, to fill holes we’re relying on things like keno – things we haven’t even studied or heard about,” he said, referring to the bill’s authorization of the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to institute the game of chance keno, which is based on the drawing of numbers.