Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office said Wednesday afternoon that she will not be addressing the Democrat-controlled General Assembly at midnight unless there’s a budget agreement in place.
Rep. John Geragosian, D-New Britain, said Rell’s administration walked away from the negotiating table two days ago, making any sort of agreement impossible to obtain. So it looks like Rell will not make an appearance.
“Governor Rell has said numerous times that when the Democrats are ready to be serious about spending cuts, she will be happy to sit down with them,” Rell’s spokesman Chris Cooper said Wednesday.
“So far, they have not been serious about cutting spending and have focused on trying to raise taxes. She will talk to leaders, she will talk to rank and file, she will talk to anyone who is serious about cutting spending,” Cooper said.
Democrats were expected to announce more spending cuts, but there has been no announcement as of 5 p.m. Wednesday evening.