Democratic state legislators said Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget is a good place to start the discussion. Republican legislators, on the other hand, sat stone faced through some of the budget address and promised to hold the line on spending and tax increases.State Rep. John Geragosian, D-New Britain, joked that Rell, who is Republican, is the “best Democratic governor we’ve ever seen.” He called her “Rellsevelt,” because its like FDR hijacked her body and gave her a Democratic head. In all seriousnedd, he applauded her bold education reform. “She realized investing in education is good for our future,” he said. Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy said he knew or had an inkling prior to today what Rell was going to say and he was “worried about lightning hitting us.” Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, dodged questions about his support for the income tax increase by explaining he didn’t think the education reform would cost as much as Rell proposed. Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said he wasn’t sure the income tax increases would lead to property tax cuts. Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca said “I think the people will agree with us,” when it comes to holding the line on spending and tax increases. As it stands today “I don’t think there’d be any votes for it,” DeLuca said referring to Rell’s budget. He said Rell “wants to acheive some of the things on people’s minds.” He said at least she was brave enough to come up with a way to pay for it. More reaction later today