HARTFORD – In a special session of the House today, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in support of a bipartisan budget compromise arrived at after a months-long budget impasse that lasted well beyond the close of the regular legislative session at the beginning June, and 118 days after the start of the current fiscal year. The action today ends the longest budget impasse in Connecticut history.
The Shelton legislators noted that this budget, arrived at after marathon negotiations between Republican and Democrat leaders, passed the House by a vote of 126-23. The budget had passed the Senate the previous evening by a vote of 33-3. The margin of favorable votes in both chambers would be enough to override a veto from Governor Malloy if necessary.
“This budget is far from perfect, but it represents important concessions from both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Perillo, “We had important victories, and those include restoring the education aid to Shelton that the governor threatened to eliminate. We also finally instituted a spending cap and a bond cap to reign in state spending, and phasied in exemptions on taxes on Social Security and pensions. We also protected important programs like Care4Kids. The alternatives being offered by the governor were not acceptable, and I am pleased we were able to arrive at a consensus that helps lay the framework for better budgeting moving forward.” Read More →