"It's not reasonable for us to just restore money without doing reform," he said.
After a brief bargaining session, he claimed to have won an agreement from them to restore less money to programs scheduled to be cut.
St. John's officials are still hoping that state legislators will restore money for higher education, as they have in the past.
I can't restore stolen money directly to my former victims.
They want to restore money to budgets for city libraries, cultural institutions and parks.
While playing down the political motivation behind the decision to restore money for the arts, one official conceded that the battle had become very heated.
Several environmental groups in Connecticut tried to persuade legislators to restore money for the program.
More quietly, others are sure to work to restore money for programs important in their districts.
Budget negotiations are still under way and there could be a last-minute decision to restore money to the libraries' budgets.
I have supported the speaker when he was fighting to restore money for education and health care.