HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-151) voted in favor of a two-year budget that averts Gov. Malloy’s devastating education cuts to cities and towns and installs structural municipal mandate reform that will provide long-term relief sought by local leaders and the taxpayers they serve.
In a historic accomplishment that would have been impossible just a one year ago, House and Senate Republicans exerted considerable influence over the final budget plan by incorporating long sought after items. These items include a spending and bond cap, mandatory votes on labor contracts, no income or sales tax increases, and equitable educational aid to cities and towns. This budget averted the governor’s harmful spending cuts to core social service programs while rejecting several tax proposals that had been introduced this year for consideration, namely on cell phones, restaurants and tolls.
“Yesterday’s historic budget agreement signals a redirection for Connecticut,” said Rep. Camillo. “Phasing in an estate tax to match the Federal level, which stemmed from a Greenwich Delegation bill, will be one less factor motivating people to leave our state as will phasing in tax exemptions for social securities and pensions. Likewise, a bonding cap and spending cap are long overdue initiatives that provide hope for the future. These are victories for the people of Connecticut, the small business owners and so many others who were at the end of their ropes. I hope we can keep this momentum going in the next budget cycle. While far from perfect, this budget will be remembered for its bi-partisan effort, compromise, and reform.”
The budget passed the Senate early Thursday morning in a 33-3 vote, soon followed by a 126-23 vote in the House. The bill now awaits Gov. Malloy’s signature. If he vetoes the bill, the House and Senate have the votes to override his decision.