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News Junkie: Lawmakers on track to make this the longest budget debate in history

HARTFORD, Conn. — With summer vacations ongoing and no final product to debate, House Democratic legislative leaders told their members to keep the week of September 11 open for a possible budget vote.

If the vote doesn’t take place until that week, this will be the longest Connecticut has ever been without a budget.

In 2009, former Gov. M. Jodi Rell allowed the budget that closed a nearly $9 billion deficit to go in effect without her signature. In 1991, the year the General Assembly first adopted an income tax, the budget was finalized before the end of August.

Legislative leaders and staff have been meeting on an almost daily basis, but putting together a two-year, nearly $40 billion budget is almost as hard as finding enough lawmakers to come to Hartford and pass it before the end of August.

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