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News Junkie: Senate praises bipartisan budget & sends it to House

Senate President Martin Looney and Senate Republican President Len Fasano. (CT News Junkie)

HARTFORD, Conn. — The state Senate’s 33-3 vote Thursday morning on a $41.34 billion, two-year budget may be one of the final steps in ending an historic four-month budget stalemate.

Sens. Gary Winfield, Joe Markley, and Len Suzio voted against the budget.

The budget, which is the culmination of more than 20 days of negotiations between Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, doesn’t increase the sales or income taxes and doesn’t cut municipal aid as deeply as previous iterations.

The budget does increase taxes on everything from a 45-cent cigarette tax to a new 25-cent fee on every Uber or Lyft ride. It also raises taxes on low-income working families who won’t receive as big a tax credit as they did last year. The budget continues to fund the property tax credit for homeowners with dependents and senior citizens.

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