Early Saturday morning, with the support of several courageous Democrats, the legislature passed a two-year budget for the biennium that began on July 1st.
This budget combines government departments, mandates less overtime for state employees, restricts state borrowing, implements the constitutionally mandated spending cap, does not raise taxes, and does not transfer the cost of teachers’ pensions onto the towns. Make no mistake, this is a tough budget and there are cuts that some people won’t like. But given the state’s condition, there’s just no other way.
The alternative budget proposed by the Democrats and Governor Malloy last week contains new taxes on cell phones, real estate, nonprescription drugs, and other products. It reduces the property tax credit and begins the transfer of teacher pension costs onto the towns.
Most importantly, the now-bipartisan budget we passed shows workers, businesses, and taxpayers that Connecticut can and will live within its means.
The governor has said all along that he wants a budget that is not revenue driven. That budget now awaits his signature.
Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or comments about the budget the legislature just approved and how it could affect our community. I am happy to clear up any confusion. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office line is 800-842-423.