HARTFORD – State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) on Tuesday afternoon helped beat back a political scheme from House Democrat leadership to kill the bipartisan budget that would give cities, towns, and local school districts the state funding they need to keep normal operations up and running.
Tweedie, with House and Senate Republicans, has been working behind-the-scenes to get additional Democrats to join in on overriding Gov. Malloy’s recent veto of the bipartisan budget. They planned to motion for an override during an upcoming veto session. House Democrat leadership, however, called an impromptu session Tuesday when it became apparent that some legislators—including key Democrat votes—would be unavailable. Tweedie said Connecticut can’t afford that kind of gamesmanship.
“Majority leadership provided little notice of the session and the day’s agenda, and called us to the capitol without even asking whether we intended to roll out our motion,” said Rep. Tweedie, who serves Manchester and part of Glastonbury. “Simple and plain—they wanted to kill the bipartisan budget because they knew it had momentum among not only legislators, but also local leaders. We ignored their bait, and will instead make our motion in the near future. The byproduct is that the bipartisan budget is still alive, providing hope to Connecticut residents that we can, in fact, get a budget done.”
At present, the state is operating under Malloy’s executive orders. That means local funding, in particular education funding, will be slashed throughout the state. With that in mind, Rep. Tweedie said it was an irresponsible act for House Democrat leadership to try and kill the only budget out there—the only plan that had enough votes to make it through both of the legislature’s chambers and onto the governor’s desk.
“The people who are trying to run our cities and towns, our school district, and core social service programs—they can’t afford to see the legislature start from scratch,” Rep. Tweedie said. “At the very least, the bipartisan budget should be preserved to use as a starting point—to get it to become law, and then tweak it as necessary. That’s what we did yesterday, and I look forward to getting more support from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.”
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