News Junkie: Republicans propose budget, Democrats continue negotiating with Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was negotiating with Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday, but neither he nor the Democrats said they had a two-year budget deal to announce.

“I’m hopeful, but there’s no white smoke,” Malloy said following a meeting in his office with Democratic legislative leaders and referencing the Vatican’s way of communicating the selection of a new Pope.

Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the governor gave them feedback on their latest spending and revenue proposal and they went back to “develop a response to the perspectives he offered.”

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