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In Hartford: Tick tock, tick tock

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-88) and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero (R-142) confer. (CTNJ file photo)
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-88) and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero (R-142) confer. (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut lawmakers tried their best Tuesday to clear the calendar as they raced toward Wednesday’s midnight deadline, but not everything was going as planned.

Down from an early estimate of more than 1,200 pages to around 300, the bill to implement $18.9 billion in state spending was not completed late Tuesday and lawmakers were struggling with technology in both chambers. They were able to pass a $953 million bonding package that includes millions of dollars for roads and schools.

Several Capitol sources doubted that they would be able to get all the work done and still take what was expected to be a four-hour break Wednesday to pay tribute to retiring Senate President Donald Williams and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

Lobbyists began to wonder late Tuesday if a special session would be necessary to finish everything lawmakers had been unable to get done. A special session in an election year, with state party conventions just a week away, would be inconvenient for those who would like to leave governing behind to hit the campaign trail.

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