Greenwich delegation opposes deficit mitigation plan

State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) opposed the deficit mitigation plan proposed during the Dec. 8 Special Session of the legislature, sighting that the plan made no long term structural changes and still created deficits in the out years.

As predicted earlier this year, the budget that was passed during the 2015 legislative session created a $358 million deficit. The deficit came on the heels of a controversial spending package passed in June which included $1.5 billion in tax hikes on middle-class property owners, based revenue on gambling projects like keno, and increased taxes on struggling hospitals.

“This proposal does nothing to address the long term structural issues that are causing us to be in deficit year after year and because of that, I cannot support it,”said Rep. Floren.

“The deficit mitigation plan did nothing to solve the systematic issues that have caused our deficit in the first place. Despite this plan, Connecticut remains on a fiscal path to destruction” said Rep. Bocchino.

“As legislators we have a responsibility to do things that are in the best interest of our constituents, and of our state. While I am encouraged that the House and Senate Republicans were allowed to be at the negotiating table, the fact that our ideas for long-term solutions were not included in the final package is very disappointing. It was a lost opportunity. The never ending saga will continue with more deficit mitigation bills in the coming months and out years,” said Rep. Camillo.

House and Senate Republicans set forth many long-term structural agendas essential to turning around the state’s finances. These included:

  • Mandatory approval by the General Assembly of state Contracts
  • Implement a constitutional spending cap
  • Beginning in 2022 require state workers to pay as little more into their pensions and for healthcare
  • Enact a constitutional lock box for transportation
  • Begin the process to close the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center
  • Competitively bid the Corrections Department healthcare plan

The plan passed the House with all Republicans voting in opposition.

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