Greenwich delegation decries budget lacking structural changes

State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) opposed a budget that lacks true structural changes, relies on gimmick and one-time revenue sources and fund sweeps, and decimates social services for the mentally and physical disabled and other members of Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations.

The May 13 special session was required because Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats differed widely in their budget philosophies and were unable to produce a bill in time for the May 4th statutory deadline.

“What this budget lacks are long term structural changes that will put our state back on the path to fiscal sustainability. This budget is like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football—we have relied on one time revenue sources before and every time we find ourselves facing a deficit,” said Rep. Floren.

“Last year I stated that our budget did nothing to solve the systematic issues that continue to cause deficits. Once again, we had an opportunity to make long term structural changes that could have created a surplus and instead I fear we will be back in special session in the fall negotiating another deficit mitigation package,” said Rep. Bocchino.

“I think what is most disconcerting is that we proposed a plan that did all the right things by the state. It created long term structural changes, protected our most vulnerable populations, and even created a surplus. The budget passed does not do any of that,” said Rep. Camillo.

The Budget passed:

Relies on new revenue from sales tax, based on the state’s ability to get information from credit card companies on where Connecticut taxpayers are buying goods and services

Threatens local control through changes to regional Councils of Governments (COGs)

Pushes payments for GAAP debt off another year, increasing future debt service payments

Increases the cap on the mill rate for car taxes from 32 to 37 mills

The plan passed the House 74-70, with all Republicans voting in opposition.

To read the proposed Republican budget plan, click here.

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