HARTFORD – State RepresentativeFred Camillo (R-Greenwich) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.
In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.
The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.
“The GOP’s hard fought reforms of last fall were today followed up with budget victories that restored critical funding to our seniors, fulfilled pension obligation for our teachers, and protected the wallets of every state driver,” Rep. Camillo said. “While not going as far as we wanted in regards to union contract reform, we are happy to report that funding to Greenwich, which Governor Malloy had proposed to eliminate, has been protected. I look forward to continuing to work toward building upon these successes in the months and years ahead. Our state has no time to waste.”
S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.
Click on the video below to watch Rep. Camillo’s interview with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders” – May 8, 2018.