Connecticut Senate Passes Concession Package

Three fiscally conservative Democrat  Senators are behind the Senate's narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul  of the wage and benefit package for 44-thousand-130 state workers.  

The  package, approved yesterday, is designed to shave  one-point-five-billion-dollars from a deficit estimated to top  five-billion-dollars over the next two years.  

After a five-hour debate,  it was still unclear what would happen, until Paul Doyle of  Wethersfield, Joan Hartley of Waterbury and Gayle Slossberg of Milford  said they would support it.  

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman broke the  tie on the measure, as the state Constitution requires.  

Lawmakers have  expressed their hope that the passage of this measure will spur the  passage of a state budget.

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