The budget impasse that has brought the state to a grinding halt continues to impact towns and cities across Connecticut. As the deadline to pass a budget was in July, and no budget was passed, Governor Dannel Malloy is currently running the state finances via executive order. While representatives from both parties have said that this is far from the ideal way for the state to be run and that a budget must be completed, as of Oct. 2 there is still no budget in place.
Republican legislators put forth a budget weeks ago and on Sept.16, in an extremely surprising turn of events, Democratic senators broke with their party and supported the GOP budget. Paul Doyle, Gayle Slossberg, and Joan Hartley were the three senators to defect and support the GOP proposed budget. Following that, five democrats in the house defected as well and endorsed the budget, sending it to the desk of Malloy for approval.