Assistance Deal Raises Questions Over State Bond Cap Limits, House GOP Leader Klarides Says

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HARTFORD – The costly Hartford assistance deal signed off on by Gov. Malloy has raised questions concerning the state bond cap and how Connecticut will account for the $534 million in city debt it has assumed for the next two decades.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today questioned whether the additional borrowing costs will exceed the state bond cap and whether needed construction projects, and future construction jobs around the state, might have to be defunded in order to stay under the cap.

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REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS PROPOSE STATE BUDGET

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RESTORES FUNDING FOR CORE SERVICES, PROVIDES STABILITY AND PREDICTABILITY

HARTFORD – Republican lawmakers today announced that the Appropriations Committee will hold a vote on a state budget proposal offered by Republican legislators.

The Republican proposal fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and eliminates the projected $321.5 million deficit. It includes policies to address the state’s long term unfunded liabilities and put the state on a path toward stability and predictability. Instead of spending one-time revenue or relying on massive tax increases, it upholds the principles of the volatility cap agreed to in the bipartisan budget to stop the practice of relying on unpredictable revenue and making promises the state cannot afford. It fully funds the Special Transportation Fund, restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program, and eliminates many of the governor’s proposals to increase taxes and drastically reduce education funding and municipal aid.

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How We Balance the Budget

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1) Annualize Some Gubernatorial Holdbacks. Holdbacks imposed on sensitive issues were not annualized.

2) Across the Board Reductions of 5 – 7 % to Specified Accounts. Cuts were withheld from most vital or vulnerable services.

3) Make Managerial and Overtime Reductions Mandatory. These savings were included in the bipartisan budget. However, Governor Malloy refused to implement these savings. This plan would make the agreed to reductions mandatory.

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Prioritize Progress

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“For 120 years, we at the DOT have planned improvements based on money that we think will be available from revenue streams, and therefore we are always struggling to have barely functioning transportation systems.”

–James Redeker, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (Danbury News Times, January 21, 2015)

In every state, transportation plays a vital role in economic development and quality of life. Here in Connecticut, transportation has been ignored for far too long. Funding has been unpredictable and unreliable and funds intended for transportation projects have often been siphoned off to spend elsewhere. As a result our transportation system is far from where it needs to be to foster growth and advancement.

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Other Noteworthy Policy & Budgetary Changes

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Medicare Savings Program

  • Under current law, if nothing is done to change MSP beginning July 1, 2018 then 59,960 people will lose MSP coverage and 31,613 will see a reduced benefit.
  • This plan proposes to change income limits for eligibility to restore coverage for 158,099 people. This will cost the state $73.2 million over the existing budget for FY 2019.

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Revenue Changes

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  • Some items in the enacted budget we recognize cannot be achieved at this point. Therefore, we have to first reflect what cannot be achieved in the enacted budget to better estimate what revenue we are actually working with. We propose the following:
    • Eliminate the $17.8 million carry forward from FY 2018 into FY 2019 (which must be used in FY 18 deficit mitigation).
    • The following were compromise proposals included in the bipartisan budget that the governor is counting on for funding. However OPM has never identified these fee increases or expenditures. Therefore, we are choosing not to implement these policies which OPM has failed to define.
      • Eliminate the requirement to increase tax expenditures by $10 million.
      • Eliminate $20 million in fee increases.

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House Passes Bipartisan Pay Equity Bill for the State of Connecticut

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Yesterday, The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan Pay Equity bill, which brought all stakeholders to the table, including members of the business community. Rep. Mike Bocchino, Ranking Republican Member of the Labor and Public Employees Committee, called the legislation “A bill for the State of Connecticut,” and stressed the willingness of both parties to come together to promote equal pay for equal work. The bill, H.B. 5386, An Act Concerning Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters, prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about their wage or salary history, hence protecting them from wage discrimination. This is a great accomplishment for Connecticut, and the House Republican Caucus is proud of its role in the process.

 

Documentation

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Final FY-19 Republican Budget April 19

FY-2019 Republican Midterm Budget Adjustments

FY-2019 Republican Midterm Revenue Plan

Summary of FY19 GOP Budget

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House and Senate Republicans Call for Halt to Hartford Bailout Leaders Say Additional Money for City Only Good for Two Years

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HARTFORD – House and Senate Republican leaders today said the pending financial bailout contract between the state and Hartford should be scrapped and that the original budget agreement approved last fall to provide an additional $40 million in municipal aid for the city in each year of the biennium be honored.

State Rep. Themis Klarides and State Sen. Len Fasano asked Democratic leaders to join them in asking State Treasurer Nappier and OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes not to enact the agreement. The exact terms of the deal, negotiated between Democratic Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Gov. Malloy’s budget office over the last few months, do not reflect the agreement legislative leaders reached last fall on the budget.

Of the $40 million, $20 million was to be used for debt service.

“We are writing to you to emphatically request that you do not sign the financial assistance agreement between the State of Connecticut and the City of Hartford. Should you ignore this request and move forward with signing the agreement, we want to make it clear that we intend to reduce Hartford’s operating aid and ensure that the state is holding true to its commitment in the bipartisan state budget to only approve the $40 million agreed to,’’ the Republicans wrote to Barnes and Nappier.

Bronin and the City Council have put the state’s obligation over 20 years at more than $500 million. That figure was not part of any budget negotiations last year. Included in the letter is a chart that shows how much debt service the city could expect to pay through 2036 and how much would need to be cut to comply with the terms negotiated by Republican and Democratic leaders.

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Rep. Cummings Reads to First Graders at CCS

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State Rep. Stephanie Cummings joined first graders in Barbara Franck’s class at the Children’s Community School to read to the students and discuss her role as a state legislator. Rep. Cummings read the book, “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak, before reading the kids’ own version of the book which included a page written by each student and put together to create the story.

Rep. Cummings also talked about her role in Hartford and spent time listening to each student’s ideas about laws that might be good for the state.  There was almost universal agreement about shortening the school day but the group was split among “party lines” when considering changes to the dress code, with the young ladies voting to wear pajamas while the boys wear suits, and the boys voting for sweats and comfortable clothing while the girls wear dresses.

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