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Opinion: Special Session 2015 – Transportation loses, Republicans win

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

The legislature met in special session this past Tuesday to discuss a budget fix and a constitutional amendment to create a transportation “lockbox.” You are forgiven if you missed it.

So what did we discover about the legislature, the budget, and the future?

First, we’re not going to get to vote next year on a constitutional amendment that would have placed revenue for transportation funding in a special airtight container where legislators couldn’t get their greedy hands on it. The Senate passed the amendment 35-0, but the House failed to reach the 114-vote threshold that would have cleared the amendment for inclusion on the next general election ballot. Instead, legislators will now have to pass it again during the next session in order for it to appear in 2018.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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