Bipartisan Budget Passes House and Senate

October 27, 2017

The state of Connecticut has a budget. It is balanced & bipartisan – and it saves our towns and taxpayers from the governor’s terrible executive order.

Here are some key provisions. The budget:

  • Protects towns, schools and property tax payers from the massive cost shift proposed by Gov. Malloy
  • Includes real structural reforms – that will help stabilize Connecticut’s fiscal health
  • Rejects fiscal gimmicks and underfunding pensions that helped create the large deficits
  • Avoids across the board tax increases
  • Honors our moral obligation to those with disabilities by adequately funding critical programs
  • Invests in economic development tools that will drive continued job growth
  • Phases in the elimination of state income tax on social security

As you recall, the budget process started in February with Gov. Malloy proposing a budget that included a massive cost-shift from the state to towns – one that would have hammered West Hartford, Avon and Farmington. We’ve been pushing back against that ever since.

After ending the regular session without a budget, I wrote an op-ed in the Courant in August imploring all legislators – Democrats and Republicans – to work toward a bipartisan budget. I’m gratified that the General Assembly finally reached that agreement that moves the state forward.

To be sure, there is plenty to dislike in this budget. I have received hundreds of emails from folks expressing concerns and I share many of them. I pledge to work hard next session and beyond to try to address those concerns.

But right now - Connecticut needs a budget. Families, students, educators, and businesses need the uncertainty to end and the governor’s executive order to expire.

In the coming days and weeks the budget - and the process that contributed to its late delivery - will be dissected by the press and pundits alike. Here’s what I believe a takeaway must be:

Let us commit that out of this broken budget process we embrace a new practice for our constituents. Let bipartisanship be the expectation not just a talking point. Let us be better listeners and resist treating those with different views as ‘other.’ As always, I look forward to your feedback and partnership.

Click here to read OLR analysis the bill.

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