Leonard A. Fasano

Malloy says budget deal unlikely; Democrats disagree

Connecticut's state budget deficit problems got a little worse on Friday night and it appeared questionable whether a budget deal can be reached before the General Assembly adjourns.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called reporters to his office late Friday and said newly restarted budget negotiations with the legislature's majority Democrats are "hitting a wall" and an agreement looked unlikely. He said the plan the Democrats brought to the table still requires hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts before he'll sign it.

"There appears to be insufficient movement to get us to a budget that would address both the revenue and the expenditure side of the...