State Senate approves new state budget 1 day early

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The state Senate has approved a new state budget a day early.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Republicans tried to delay the vote. GOP leaders claimed the vote could not happen until state unions approved a plan to refinance their pensions.

Gov. Ned Lamont's office produced a letter from the state employee unions Tuesday afternoon saying they do not object to the pension changes.

"This budget is fair, balanced, promotes economic growth and support for working families, and was delivered on time, enabling our towns and cities to know what they can expect in their budgets over the coming biennium and plan accordingly," Lamont said. "Most of all, it further stabilizes our states finances, sending a signal to residents and businesses alike that we are serious about getting our economy growing again. Let's be clear, there is still more work to do. But I am proud of this budget and the steps it takes to get Connecticut back on track."

The budget will now go to Lamont to sign.

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