Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont is getting some extra time to craft his first state budget proposal.
Traditionally, the governor's budget would be presented to the General Assembly on the first Wednesday following the first Monday of February. That would mean Feb. 6 this year. But under state law, a new governor is allowed some extra time to present a tax-and-spending plan.
Lamont and legislative leaders have agreed the budget package will be presented to lawmakers on Feb. 20.
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Lamont spokeswoman Maribel La Luz says the ability to extend the deadline will allow the governor and his administration "as much time as possible to put together a responsible budget."
The former businessman promised during his recent inaugural speech he'll present a budget that will be in balance for the foreseeable future.