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Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Vote to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Preventing Mid-Year Cuts

Posted on June 28, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted on Monday to override Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of a bill prohibiting future governors from making cuts to education aid in the middle of a fiscal year. State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) also voted to override the veto in the Senate.

Although there was enough support in the House on a 103-33 vote margin to override the governor’s veto, the override effort failed to achieve 2/3rd support in the Senate and was unsuccessful, meaning Governor Malloy’s veto will stand.  The legislature also failed to override vetoes on several other pieces of legislation that passed this year when Senate Democrats sided with Governor Malloy.

Public Act 18-35 was legislation intended to prevent a Connecticut governor from withholding Education Cost Sharing funds promised to a municipality for the school year, and was a key priority for Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang.

“Never before has a Connecticut governor used his executive authority to withhold money promised to schools in the middle of a school year,” said Rep Dunsby. “This act said nothing about the amount of funding a town receives, just that once an amount had been promised and relied upon it could not be changed in the middle of the school year. I was glad the House overrode the governor’s veto on a bipartisan vote, though disappointed the Senate did not do the same. If the state can’t provide the aid it once did, it should at least provide our towns predictability.”

“Rep. Dunsby and I spoke with one voice on behalf of Easton and Weston’s educators, children and families,” said Sen. Hwang.  “I was proud to stand with Rep. Dunsby on this crucial funding issue.  At the same time, I was bitterly disappointed that despite our votes to override the governor’s ill-advised veto, they were not enough to get it to the finish line in the State Senate.  That’s truly a shame.  This bill would have created stability and predictability for our towns and local schools beyond the current budget.  I can promise Easton and Weston taxpayers this:  I am not deterred, and I will continue to stand with Rep. Dunsby in support of common sense policies like this one.”

All seven of the governor’s vetoes were sustained in a special session of the General Assembly on Monday.

Rep. Dunsby to Host a Series of Town Hall Forums in the 135th District for Interested Constituents

Posted on May 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


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EASTON State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) is inviting his constituents to three post-session town hall events he is holding with his fellow legislators throughout the 135th district.  The dates are: June 4 in Redding, June 5 in Easton, and June 12 in Weston.  He will offer residents of Easton, Redding & Weston an opportunity to discuss with him pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session.

 

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby can reach him at Adam.Dunsby@housegop.ct.gov. Sen. Boucher can be reached at toni.boucher@cga.ct.gov, Sen. Hwang can be reached at tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov, and Rep. Duff can be reached at Will.Duff@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Dunsby Update: Conclusion of the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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The legislative session ended at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th. This session was intended for budget adjustments to the full, two-year budget adopted last October and to consider additional legislation, which as always, there was a lot of.

Connecticut’s budget, which had been drifting into deficit, was reprieved by an, apparently, unanticipated revenue boost from the repatriation of offshore profits by financial firms. This windfall, in excess of $1 billion, will be used to cover shortfalls and to bolster programs.

The Republican budget adjustment plan proposed that one third of that excess surplus be put in the underfunded state employees’ pension fund, one third into the teachers’ pension fund, and one third into the rainy day fund. This would have increased the funding ratio of these two pension funds and was favored by the unions, who prefer cash from the state over I O U’s.  Legislative Democrats preferred that all additional surplus go into the rainy day fund… and this is what happened in the compromise budget plan we adopted.

While putting money into the rainy day fund is not a bad thing, it’s like placing the cookie jar on a higher shelf—it’s harder to get to, but not impossible.  For instance, a future legislature could intentionally spend its way into a deficit, which the comptroller would be forced to close by drawing on the rainy day fund.

I supported the eventual compromise budget adjustment plan because of its key components: no tax increases, full restoration of the Medicare Savings Plan, and increased funding to the Special Transportation Fund from the transfer of sales tax on cars.  It also preserves crucial municipal funding for our towns, like ECS and Town Aid Road grants, which the governor would have cut if this budget had not passed.

While we can all be happy that the state had a revenue windfall, the state’s underlying economic issues remain substantially unchanged. Connecticut’s economy shrank in 2017, and has now shrank in three of the past four years – all while the country as a whole is enjoying strong economic growth. We still need pro-growth reforms such as lower taxes, lower regulation, and state employee benefits that match the private sector. Republicans proposed reforms such as removing overtime from pension calculations after 2027, but these reforms were blocked.

In future legislative sessions, I intend to advocate for the long-term structural changes our state will need in order to end its persistent fiscal crisis.

As always, please email me at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions about the state budget or any other piece of legislation from this session.  For information on other bills that were discussed this year, you can visit www.cga.ct.gov.