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State lawmakers to vote this week on budget veto override

HARTFORD — State lawmakers are expected to return to the Capitol on Tuesday to vote on an override of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget veto.

Connecticut is the last state in the nation without a budget in place for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The Democratic governor rejected the Republican-backed budget, citing changes to the state pension system he says would not stand up in court.

Malloy has been running state government by emergency executive order under his limited spending authority.

Without a budget in place, cities and towns are facing major cuts in state funding this month. Eighty-five school districts will see their share of state education grants cut to zero. Fifty-four others would see significant cuts.

Meanwhile, city lawmakers are urging state legislatures to create a budget that prioritizes education.

"Leave your politics at the door and get your job done and get the budget done right away," says Portland First Select Woman Susan Bransfield.

Her town could lose $4.6 million dollars if the executive orders stand. Bransfield feels a solution is needed sooner than later.

"Forget about whether they're a democrat. Forget whether they're a republican. They need to come to the table and they need to make sure that they put Connecticut first," says Bransfield.

Connecticut faces a projected $3.5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years.