Urge majority party to call House Republican budget for vote
Hartford – In an effort to restore confidence in state government’s ability to get its fiscal house in order, local legislators joined their House Republican colleagues in outlining their no-tax increase proposal to balance the state budget over the next two years. The legislators urged majority party Democrats in the House to call the House Republican budget for a vote.
Following the presentation, State Representatives Whit Betts (R-76), Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), and William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) released the following statement:
“Our budget is ready to go, and we are ready to lead Connecticut. The need to vote now on a two year budget is essential in order to move our state forward, and we hope our Democratic colleagues share the same sense of urgency in doing this. Failure to act is an abdication of their legislative duties.
“Connecticut remains in a deepening fiscal crisis. We are now almost three weeks into the new fiscal year without a state budget. Taxpayers have made it crystal clear that they will not support tax increases to eliminate our $5.1 billion state deficit. Residents are understandably anxious and stressed, and continue to shoulder the burden that not having a budget imposes. Non-profit organizations, including community hospitals, are pleading with the legislature to adopt a state budget immediately as many programs that serve those most in need are closing.
“We have proposed a budget based on common sense ideas and based on no tax increases. We restore education funding to every city and town in the state, offer municipal mandate relief, and restore the property tax credit, all without raising one dime of tax on our residents.”
To date, there has been no budget proposal called for a vote by the Democratic majority party, and the governor, as of July 1, is ruling by executive order.
For detailed information on the House Republican budget proposal, please visit: www.cthousegop.com/klarides/housebudgetpresentation/#more-84813