House GOP Leader Klarides Reacts to Malloy Bond Meeting Cancellation

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides released the following statement Tuesday:

“The governor continues to push policies that have been harshly criticized by Republicans, Democrats and local leaders. Pushing costs on to towns isn’t true reform; it’s a different way of paying for the same thing. It’s the ultimate gimmick. In the end, taxpayers will still have to foot the bill.”

“Connecticut residents are tired of these shell games and cost shifts. We need to make real, structural changes that will result in more affordable, leaner government. This governor doesn’t seem to get it.”

In response to the governor cancelling the March bond commission meeting, Rep. Klarides said:

“Cancelling one bond commission meeting won’t amount to much unless we change the way we do business in Hartford. Under this governor our borrowing has soared to astronomical levels- pushing costs further and further in to the future. Republicans have proposed setting a hard bond cap to achieve real borrowing reform. We are still waiting for the governor’s support.”

House GOP Leader Klarides Calls for Immediate Halt to First Five Program

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HARTFORD – Following the disclosure that Alexion Pharmaceutical, which received $51 million from the state to relocate from Cheshire to New Haven, is laying off 210 workers, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called for a halt to the First Five deals and said the legislature’s Finance Committee members should have some oversight on such agreements.

A bill providing that oversight will be heard on Friday in the committee.

“Alexion is just another example of how the administration is doing deals to benefit companies without any real guarantees of long-term job creation and commitment from the beneficiaries of such lucrative contracts,’’ Klarides said. She also noted that Alexion for the first time ever gave the Democratic Governors Association $25,000 in 2013 after it had received the $51 million package of loans and grants from the state. Read More →

Klarides, Fasano: Cities and Towns Need Lawmakers to Get to Work, Not Delay Budget Process

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HARTFORD – House and Seante Republican Leaders are opposed to asking towns and cities to delay their local budget processes to accommodate state budget uncertainties. House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) and Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) raised concerns about Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats’ letter asking towns to consider changing their local budget schedules, and urged the governor and lawmakers to instead commit to completing the state budget process with a sense of urgency. Read More →

Klarides: The Day Got it Wrong on GOP Dealing on Budget

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The Day’s editorial page allowed Republican lawmakers 11 days to come up with a $40 billion budget response to the tax and spending plan laid out by Gov. Malloy Feb. 8.

How generous.

It took the governor’s bureaucratic budget experts presumably all fall and into the winter to create a universally disliked proposal – most Democrats not living in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport don’t support it either – that shovels much the state’s looming $3.6 billion deficit onto to towns and cities and builds in concessions from state employees. Read More →

House GOP Leader Klarides Says Malloy Budget Guarantees Middle Class Tax Hikes

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HARTFORD – Calling Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal “universally unpopular,’’ House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the plan would hit Connecticut’s middle class the hardest by shifting the tax burden to towns and cities, and workers who can least afford huge tax increases.

The budget assumes $1.4 billion in union concessions, similar to Malloy’s failed 2011 budget policy that didn’t achieve the projected savings. That led to repeated deficits, including the projected $1.7 billion hole for the next fiscal year, and $1.9 billion the year after. The proposal represents a $200 million tax hike and also shifts $400 million in teacher pension payments to municipalities. Read More →