May 8, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:24 pm

CT House approves $20.5B budget

The state House of Representatives approved a $20.5 billion budget deal early Tuesday that would increase spending by $143 million in the next fiscal year, address a growing deficit and boost aid to cities and towns, The Associated Press reports.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 95-49 along party lines at about 2:30 a.m. in favor of the deal that was reached between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders. The proposal now heads to the Senate.

The budget plan for the year that begins July 1 would increase education aid to cities and towns by $50 million. But it also would trim about $28 million from Malloy's original $128 million education proposal.

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