Posted on June 5, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – At approximately 10:30 Monday night, after a full day of debate, the House of Representatives passed a biennial budget with a vote of 86-65. All Republicans, including State Representatives Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford) and Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme), and a few Democrats, voted against the plan.
“This budget places a huge burden on our small businesses, human service providers and non-profit sector, which provide 80% of our jobs and, I believe, are the true heartbeat of our community,” said Rep. Cheeseman, member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. “We heard public testimony against these increased mandates, taxes and fees, and yet we’re going to implement them anyway? They don’t have unlimited resources. This budget plan was not the answer. In addition, this budget is full of hypocrisy. For example, if the majority party in Hartford is so concerned about the environment, why is the money from the 10 cent fee on plastic bags projected to raise $ 54.5 million in the next two years going into the General Fund, as opposed to going to recycling and pollution remediation? Our entrepreneurs are rightfully desperate for our help just to stay in operation.”