State budget debacle points to power shift, with GOP resurgent squib
HARTFORD — With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy likely to veto the $40 billion Republican budget narrowly approved by the House and Senate, the General Assembly is back where it started and maneuvering in shifting political sands.
“You have to take the party patch off or this will never work,” said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz after his Democratic budget went down in flames early Saturday due to the defection of four caucus members.
“The [Republican] budget is more of a political document — they know it can’t be implemented,”Aresimowicz said. “Let’s get serious about negotiations.”