HARTFORD — With $1 billion less to spend than expected, state legislators are frustrated and flummoxed that Connecticut's tax collections keep falling through the floor — preventing them from cutting a deal and balancing next year's budget.
After making most of the easy cuts in recent years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators don't yet have the answers — at least not an agreed-upon package of answers to form a budget-cutting coalition that can win passage in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the governor's office. As a result, lawmakers have hit a wall at the Capitol as they scramble to find solutions before the mandatory adjournment of the legislative session at midnight Wednesday.
Subpar tax collections have generated deficits that were increased Friday to $256 million in the current fiscal year and $960 million next year. The deficits prompting the start of layoff notices and the elimination of 2,500 positions to help balance the budget.
Tensions increased Saturday at the state Capitol with no budget talks and a political war among Democrats erupting into public view on Twitter.