HARTFORD – Reacting to Gov. Malloy hasty efforts to contest a Republican plan to obtain hundreds of millions in state employee pension savings, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called the move a “desperate attempt’’ to undercut ongoing negotiations between GOP lawmakers and Democrats over the budget impasse.
Connecticut stands alone among all states when it comes to financial budgets. It does not have one. More than three months into the fiscal year our towns and cities are operating under their own local tax and spending plans approved during the spring, and the governor’s executive order that doles out state assistance.
Now, more than three months into the state’s longest budget impasse in recorded history, the priorities of both the Democrats, their party’s governor, and the Republicans have been made clear.
Connecticut does not have a budget three months into the fiscal year – we are the only state without one. Towns and cities await the looming fiscal blow that will land in October as they try to manage without anticipated funds from the state. Because Gov. Malloy vetoed the bipartisan budget the legislature approved Sept. 16, the bureaucracy run by Hartford stumbles along under the minimalist executive order that will manage our affairs.