Senate Pres. Looney on Budget: ‘We’re Close Not Quite There Yet’

Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven)

Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven)

A weary state Senate President Marty Looney says negotiators for the state legislative Democrats and Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy are close to a budget  agreement but haven”t quite closed the deal.

“We haven’t nailed down a final [budget] deal and getting the last pieces is always the hardest even though it may be just a fraction of the overall plan,” Looney said.

Looney spoke to The Hanging Shad as he was returning to the Capitol Saturday morning to resume negotiations and tend to other pending bills. There have been days/nights this past week when budget talks started at 1 a.m. The top lawmaker has at times been operating on just a few hours sleep.

(The Shad has seen first-hand the remarkable energy of Looney, 68. In my opinion, he is not only is he the sharpest lawmaker in the General Assembly, he is among the most vigorous.)

Thursday Senate Minority Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides expressed concern over what the final budget product might look like. The Republicans however, are not part of the negotiations and are not in the room where decisions are being made.

The General Assembly is constitutionally mandated adjournment sine die (“without delay”) Wednesday at midnight.