State budget approved after tense exchanges between democrats
HARTFORD – Anger flared up in the State Capitol on Wednesday when the veteran chairman of the General Assembly’s tax drafting committee accused the elimination of his proposed taxes on the rich from the country’s budget. State was like “a knee on the neck of the black community of other underserved communities.”
Senator John Fonfara, D-Hartford, who was first elected to the Legislature in 1986, criticized what he called a “status quo” budget. The normally placid lawmaker fired his outburst at the start of a five-and-a-half-hour floor debate, which ended in a 31-4 bipartisan vote, with the support of eight Republicans, at dinner time.