Connecticut lawmakers eyeing 2nd week in December for budget session, say progress made

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Legislative leaders say they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.

Both Democrats and Republicans emerged from Tuesday's closed-door, budget-cutting meeting with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy optimistic they are moving closer to an agreement on how to fix an estimated $350 million to $370 million deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.

Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said the group had "hopeful and productive discussions" and "narrowed a lot of the differences between us." Talks are expected to resume early next week.

It's questionable whether a final deal will include a retirement incentive for state employees. While House Democrats and Malloy already opposed the idea, new estimates show the plan won't save as much money as first projected.

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