L. Scott Frantz

Senate passes bipartisan 'historic' budget deal

A long-awaited, bipartisan compromise state budget agreement — repeatedly dubbed historic — cleared the Connecticut Senate early Thursday morning with strong support, moving closer toward possibly ending a monthslong budget impasse.

The bill cleared the evenly divided Senate by a vote of 33-3. The three who opposed the bill were two Republicans and one Democrat.

While noting the compromise budget proposal includes things they don't particularly like, both Democratic and Republican senators ultimately praised the plan crafted by legislative leaders. They described it as a way to finally end the stalemate and accompanying fiscal chaos across the state, as well as to help...