Last week, the governor vetoed the Republican budget because it was clearly not the answer to Connecticut’s fiscal challenges.
The GOP budget would have:
Raised taxes on working families by ending the cap on car taxes and cutting the Earned Income Tax Credit
Significantly cut aid to UConn and our state colleges and universities, forcing campuses to close and raising tuition for college students
Eliminated the Clean Elections Program, opening the door for big special interest money to get back into our elections
Cut workforce development programs at the state Department of Labor, making it harder for businesses to find the workforce they need to thrive
Relied on unrealistic savings based on underfunding our pension system – the type of irresponsible decision that created our current fiscal challenges.
It is critical that we work together and compromise with the governor and Republicans to reach a bipartisan agreement on a final budget in short order that can become law.
We believe a proper budget solution must:
- Provide municipalities with additional budget flexibility and move in the direction of regionalizing services to offer more efficient services
- Protect the services our communities rely on, including services for our seniors, our children in crisis, and individuals with disabilities
- Develop a program to help homeowners with crumbling foundations
Invest in our workforce and small businesses to grow our economy.
Create a new relationship with our urban centers to ensure proper oversight and economic investment.
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