Not even two weeks has gone by since the General Assembly’s historic vote to adopt a bipartisan budget, and now Gov. Malloy has vetoed this legislation, backing Connecticut’s towns and cities into a corner.
Without a budget, the governor’s harsh cuts will go into effect this Sunday, October 1st, and local governments across the state, including Wolcott and Southington, will pay the price.
What happens next is on Gov. Malloy.
Two weeks ago, state legislators from both parties came together when eight Democrats joined every Republican in approving a two-year, no-tax-increase, balanced budget, that fully funded education for every town in our state.
Now, our state’s top official has blatantly rejected the will of the people. Today, after much political posturing and misinformation designed to damage Republicans for making the hard choices necessary to fix the problems he created, Gov. Malloy followed through with his promise to veto the bipartisan budget plan.
Clearly his priorities are not shared by the majority of us.
Despite this significant obstacle, I am still committed to passing a responsible budget that does not raise taxes, makes structural changes, including caps on future spending and bonding, and requiring legislative approval for labor agreements, and fully funds education to the towns I represent.
I will keep you updated with any new developments and, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns relating to the budget or any other state issue at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (800) 842-1423.