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Committee suddenly halts planned vote on state spending bill

The legislature's budget-writing committee suddenly halted plans to vote Tuesday on an alternative to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget proposal, prompting Democratic and Republican leaders to blame each other for the breakdown.

Democratic leaders of the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee made a surprise announcement they were adjourning without taking the scheduled vote, expressing disappointment there wasn't bipartisan support for the two-year, $40.3 billion proposal. They also were upset to learn Republicans were planning to propose their own budget.

"I cannot ask House members of the Appropriations Committee to vote on a compromise bill when we do not have...