Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative leaders met Sunday at the governor’s residence in Hartford.
About an hour into the meeting, Rell’s spokesman Chris Cooper joined the group of reporters at end of the mansion’s gated driveway and said there would be no comment on Sunday’s negotiations, but he added that an update would be provided Monday.
Sunday was the first time the leaders of the legislature’s Democratic majority and Republican minority have met with Rell since June 3. The governor called legislative leaders to her residence Saturday after promising to veto the Democratic budget proposal passed late last week.
Rell criticized the Democratic budget proposal for increasing taxes $2.5 billion. Democratic leaders have criticized Rell’s budget proposal for eliminating state services and programs targeted at low and middle-income earners. Even though both sides remain hopeful, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to reach a budget compromise before the start of the new fiscal year, July 1.