Does the budget decimate UConn/UConn Health Center?
The Republican budget passed with bipartisan support by the legislature provides $1 billion in state aid to UConn and UConn Health Center over two years. This is a $200.1 million reduction to the anticipated $1.2 billion in state aid UConn would have received had the university not been touched by any budget cuts. While this is a cut of approximately 17%, this budget also for the first time allows for purchasing and contracting flexibility so the university can save money and enhance revenues in other ways that do not rely on taxpayer dollars.
There are policy changes that will allow in direct savings for UConn; like requiring professors to teach one additional class and eliminating the tuition waivers that allow UConn and UCHC employees and their dependents to attend UConn for free. Yes there are cuts to UConn, like every other agency. The difference between other state agencies and our flagship university to raise revenue or trim costs are substantial. UConn has alternative ways to support their organization through the school’s Foundation and fundraising or additional federal grants for research. While we have supported large investments over the years, we simply cannot afford it until our state is back on course. UConn still has an extremely healthy budget and now even greater flexibility to attain funding in ways that do not overly burden taxpayers. All of those avenues should be explored fully and pursued.
It’s also important to note that UConn is overstating it’s reductions by using the fiscal year 2017 original budget as the base, rather than what they actually received in 2017. It is only fair to compare the actual dollars taxpayers invested last year.
Does this budget support families with crumbling foundations?
Our budget appropriates $2.7 million for the administration of a new crumbling foundations program and we bond $10 million per year to provide support for people who are victims of crumbling foundations.
Hartford – Today, State Representative Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) joined together with his Republican colleagues to release a revised two-year state budget proposal with no tax increases that would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and core social services, and provide stability for towns and cities.
“Moving our state forward will only happen if we acknowledge that serious structural changes need to be made,” said Rep. Davis. “Our budget makes these structural changes and as a result we don’t have to raise taxes.”
The revised budget proposal offered by Senate and House Republicans includes no tax increases and rejects the governor’s proposal to shift teacher pension costs onto towns and cities that would further burden municipalities and lead to increased property taxes. The Republican budget proposal combines elements of the Senate and House Republicans’ multiple prior budget proposals released earlier this year, feedback from Democrat lawmakers and the governor, and factors in the legislature’s passage of the state employee labor concessions deal that is now law.
Rep. Davis continued, “We don’t need to raise taxes to close the budget deficit; it hasn’t worked in the past and will not work now. The Republican budget proposal shouldn’t be ignored; it should be adopted and passed now.”