Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has quickly signed a budget plan that attempts to reduce this fiscal year’s estimated $500 million deficit, according to WTNH-TV, Hartford.
The proposal for the year that ends June 30 would not increase taxes and would not cut aid to cities and towns. It also would roll back increases to fees for campgrounds, parks and fishing licenses.
Rell signed the bill almost immediately after the Senate passed the plan on a 36-0 vote, marking a rare unanimous vote on a budgetary matter.
The deficit-cutting bill passed the House of Representatives 147-1 on Tuesday night.
The bill delays a $100 million payment to the state employees pension fund, uses nearly $239 million originally allocated from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for next year, siphons money from numerous state accounts and cuts spending.