Connecticut lawmakers pass plan to close budget deficit

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a $350 million plan to close a budget shortfall in the current $20 billion state budget.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the deficit-cutting package during Tuesday's special session on a mostly party-line vote of 75-65. It cleared the Senate earlier by a vote of 20-15.

Lawmakers hoped to reach a bipartisan agreement, but House Minority leader Themis Klarides says Republicans and Democrats differed on approaches to fixing the state's budget problems.

Klarides and other Republicans expressed disappointment the plan doesn't make structural changes to the budget.

But House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz says 90 percent of the package was agreed to by both sides.

The bill now moves to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who says he'll sign it.