Gov. M. Jodi Rell yesterday opened Connecticut's legislative session with her state of the state address and budget adjustment proposals for fiscal 2009, which included an $89.3 million increase in the operating budget and an additional $81.8 million of general obligation bonds in the capital budget.

Rell noted that the adjusted budget does not exceed Connecticut's state spending cap, nor does it raise taxes. She said that while more than three dozen states have or are projecting budget deficits and facing deep budget cuts or steep taxes, that was not the case in Connecticut, which currently has a projected budget surplus of about $263.2 million for fiscal 2008.

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