HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the two-year bipartisan budget Tuesday ending what was the longest budget stalemate in state history.
However, Malloy didn’t agree to accept the entire budget package.
The governor line-item vetoed appropriations in support of a new hospital tax proposal, citing its unsound legal basis in federal law, and urged lawmakers to pass the workable language his administration provided that will make the proposal legal and successful.
“Let me be very clear: I am not opposed to a new, mutually beneficial relationship with hospitals that realizes additional federal dollars for the state of Connecticut,” Malloy said in a separate letter to legislative leaders. “In fact, my administration has repeatedly offered workable language to that end—language developed by non-partisan, classified attorneys in the executive branch with considerable expertise in this specific area.”
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