Posted on March 9, 2019 by admin
During my time in the legislature, I’ve seen my share of budgets from the governor’s office. Each one is different and offers a unique vision for the state, but within the last decade, most of these proposals have relied heavily on new revenue despite clear objections from the taxpayers, and with bad results.
When Gov. Lamont took office in January, he began the very difficult process of drafting a two year spending and revenue plan that is balanced and addresses many of the serious issues facing Connecticut. I thank the governor for his hard work thus far and appreciate the effort he has put into these proposals.
Below I have outlined the pros and cons within the governor’s budget. I will preface this by saying that his budget is just the beginning of the process. The Appropriations and Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees will ultimately draft proposals towards the end of session that will be considered by the full legislature; however, the final product must be signed into law by the governor.
If he vetoes the bill, we will need to override with a two-thirds majority. In other words, the budget we pass must receive his approval, which is why his proposal carries some weight and also why we pay such close attention to it. His plan is a starting point for discussion. There are areas where we are far apart, but there is certainly common ground.
Areas of Concern
The bottom line? All of this adds up, and it will directly affect the majority of CT residents who do not have unlimited disposable income.
Fortunately, there is still time to develop a budget that we can agree on. We can start with what we do agree on and hopefully work out the issues where we are divided because at the end of the day, everything we do in Hartford is for you. Although I will not be silent when I disagree with my colleagues, I will also not allow partisan politics to get in the way of real solutions.
This budget process has a long way to go before we vote on a final document, but I will keep you posted on any developments. Please feel free to reach out to me at any point to discuss your ideas and concerns. This is an open conversation and I welcome your ideas, whatever they may be.
We all love our state. We all want to return it to its former position as an economic leader. To do so means not returning to the failures of the past, and instead look to be bold with policies that grow, not shrink, our economy. Let’s endeavor to do this….together.