State Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat, said he "forgot all about" Gov. Jodi Rell's speech tonight, but would have watched the basketball game anyway.
"We all know what's she's going to say: we're in bad shape; we're broke; we need a bunch of money; we can't raise taxes," Colapietro said.
He said he'll listen to her address to lawmakers Wednesday when she produces a proposed budget.
Even so, he said, her proposal won't pass as it is.
Colapietro said his own goals are to try to avoid layoffs and to preserve key services as much as possible.
Colapietro said that the Capitol today was abuzz with a more serious and heartbreaking piece of news -- the suicide over the weekend of a state senator's 13-year-old son.
"It's really sad," he said.
Recalling the dumb and dangerous things he did as a young man, Colapietro said that he wonders how he got through it all. Those can be tough years, he said.
"It must have been more than a kid could handle" in the case of the senator's son, Colapietro said.
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