Lawmakers point fingers as budget process drags on

HARTFORD -- Connecticut lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to consider whether to override any of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's four vetoes.

House of Representatives and Senate leaders went into session Monday to see if they'll resurrect the bills.

The bills that Malloy vetoed deal with affordable housing standards; a proposed thermal heating loop in Bridgeport; warranties for roofing, windows and siding materials; and a personal income and corporate tax write-off for homegrown agricultural products donated to food banks.

A two-thirds vote of the elected membership in the House and Senate is needed to override a veto a bill.

Meanwhile, the House plans to vote Monday on the state employee labor concession package. The Senate will take it up on July 31. No date has been set for a budget vote.

The SEBAC deal between state labor and the Governor is projected to save the state more than $20 billion over the next 20 years as well as $1.5 billion over the short term. Critics say the deal doesn't go far enough to promote long term savings.

No vote on a possible budget is scheduled as of yet.

The fiscal year expired on  June 30.