Oral Argument on State Budget Lawsuit Begins Friday

By Hugh McQuaid

A Hartford Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments Friday on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit disputing the constitutionality of the state budget—the same day unions are expected to officially reject the labor agreement the budget is contingent upon. The lawsuit, filed by two Republican lawmakers, two former lawmakers, and a conservative think tank called the Roger Sherman Liberty Center, claims that the budget signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy violates a constitutional provision requiring the state’s expenditures to match its revenues. The budget was signed with a $2 billion placeholder set aside in the bill for union concessions.

Last month the governor announced a plan to fill a $400 million gap in the budget, obtained largely with unanticipated increased revenues, but the remaining $1.6 billion was expected to come from the savings and concessions included in the tentative labor agreement.

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