On Monday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell warned legislators to “refrain from offering any additional spending proposals” and said she will not accept any tax increases in such serious economic times. Democrats seemed not to be as worried. But Rep. Mike Lawlor said he feared the climate would cause the death of criminal justice legislation, which he said would only further crowd prisons and that when “those numbers go even higher, we’ll have to spend even more.” Regardless, the decision on taxes may be left up to voters: A flip of one seat in the state Senate would give Democrats a veto-proof majority.