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Connecticut General Assembly passes budget that does not shift pension costs to municipalities

The Connecticut General Assembly passed a state budget that would not shift teacher pension costs onto towns and cities, confirmed Adam Joseph, spokesman for the Connecticut Senate Democratic Caucus.

"This approved bipartisan budget makes good on our pension obligations," said Mr. Joseph in an email.

In February, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had proposed shifting a third of the employer costs of the teachers' pensions to the municipalities.

The budget was passed in the state Senate early Thursday by a vote of 33-3. It was then transmitted to the House, where it was approved later Thursday by a 126-23 vote. It is now headed to Mr. Malloy's desk. The state hasn't had a budget since the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

Mr. Malloy's spokesman Kelly Donnelly issued the following statement regarding the state budget: "Unfortunately, our review has already uncovered egregious problems … that could put the state budget out of balance by over $1 billion."

Ms. Donnelly added that the governor's staff "will continue to analyze the bill, weighing its merits and faults, so that the governor can arrive at an informed and carefully considered decision regarding his support."

Currently, the state pays 100% of the employer contribution to the $15.8 billion Teachers' Retirement System. As reported in February, the state government is set to contribute $1.2 billion to the plan this year.