Budget conferees meet, butt heads, break up

Budget negotiators for the Senate and House met briefly Monday afternoon but both sides held fast to entrenched positions over income taxes and made no progress toward a resolution of the issues threatening to push the General Assembly into an extended session for the first time in two decades.

The Senate is insisting on a plan under which most taxpayers would pay at least a small amount more in income taxes because of a reduced personal exemption. The House is insisting that individuals making less than $100,000 and joint files making under $150,000 see no increase.

The two sides broke up at 1:30 p.m. with no agreement on a time to meet again. There are now less than 10 hours to reach an agreement, print the revised bills and pass them through both chambers.

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