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Connecticut legislative leaders say budget deficit talks continuing, tight-lipped on details


HARTFORD, Connecticut — State legislative leaders say they're making progress toward reaching a possible bipartisan plan to close Connecticut's mid-year, budget shortfall.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers met privately with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday for more than an hour. It marked their fourth closed-door meeting.

Legislators emerged without revealing details about the latest get-together, except to say they planned to resume talks on Tuesday.

Malloy and legislative leaders have already floated various ideas for closing the gap that's developed in this year's approximately $20 billion budget, such as a retirement incentive and spending cuts. Lawmakers say the shortfall is $350 million to $370 million.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said last week the group set a tentative Dec. 4 deadline for a deal. A special session would be held before Christmas.

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