Waterbury Sen. Joan Hartley's decision to vote in favor of the state union concessions deal certainly raised some eyebrows, and left many of her supporters disappointed.
In exchange for their decisive votes, Hartley and two other "moderate" Democrats presented legislative leaders with a list of demands, "systemic reforms" they want the legislature to approve that would make the so-called "structural changes" to state employee compensation agreements that have been sought for years by Republicans. (See the list below).
Whether those changes actually will be included, or even considered, as part of the new state budget, or for future budgets, remains to be seen. For now, legislative approval of the SEBAC concessions agreement means the state is locked into the current situation for another 10 years.
So now the legislature has to come up with a budget, which in all likelihood will include tax increases of one form or another -- whether a sales tax increase, an expansion of what is the sales tax will apply to, a restaurant tax, or all three.
You can read the latest about a potential budget deal here. You can also read why municipalities' support for a sales tax hike is waning here.
And here are the demands listed by Sens. Hartley, Gayle Slossberg and Paul Doyle ahead of their approval of the concessions agreement (photo courtesy of www.ctnewsjunkie.com.