The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 22-13 along party lines to approve the contracts, which cover about 46,000 workers.
As state budget talks wind down, CT nonprofits ask why a $72 million proposal to help their industry, which employs 115,000, is bogged down.
Lamont and legislators could have a budget deal hammered out over the weekend.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 96-52 to approve the contracts after a 4-hour debate. The Senate is expected to ratify the deal Friday.
Republican lawmakers unveiled a $1.2 billion tax relief plan, including what would be the first income tax rate reduction in 27 years.
With almost $7 billion in budget reserves, CT legislators are waiting impatiently for Gov. Ned Lamont to agree on a child tax credit.
Top legislative leaders announced they expect to wrap voting on a major new package of raises and bonuses for state employees by week’s end.
The Appropriations Committee endorsed raises and bonuses that would boost compensation for most state employees by 7% this year.
The Appropriations Committee hearing will address an issue that has polarized the General Assembly, labor and taxpayer advocacy groups.
The package, which would force CT to draw almost $300 million from its reserves, is expected to come under fire from Republican lawmakers.
The Municipal Accountability Review Board voted to tighten its grip over West Haven’s spending even as the city’s leaders objected.
Gov. Ned Lamont advised lawmakers to “follow the rules of the road” by sticking with budgetary safety net they established in 2017.
The plan makes unprecedented new investments in child care while fully funding the state’s contracting watchdog agency for the first time.
The Finance Committee approved bills that increase – and broaden – property and child tax credits for Connecticut residents.
The bill would create a new $600-per-child credit for low and middle income families.