Looney still hopes Connecticut legislature will approve revenue package

Senate President Martin Looney

Senate President Martin Looney

HARTFORD >> One day after bipartisan budget discussions ended in finger-pointing, one Democratic leader is holding out some hope that the legislature will approve at the very least a revenue package.

Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he was still holding out hope following the Appropriations Committee failure to pass a spending plan yesterday that the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee would still release a tax package by the end of the week, even though the committee is no longer meeting privately.

Looney said any package the Finance Committee releases would not have sales and income tax increases that were the subject of a seven-hour public hearing Tuesday.

“It does have some fees and other things, but no broad based sales tax increase or income tax increase,” Looney said describing a package that may never be publicly released. The deadline for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee is Friday. House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said he was a little more cautious about the possibility of a revenue package.

“They’re working really hard,” Aresimowicz said.

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