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A path to REVIVE our state.

Through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the State of Connecticut will have nearly $3 billion in discretionary spending available to help fuel our recovery from the pandemic. At this critical moment in our state's history, it's crucial that state government use this money properly to push our state toward success.

Gov. Lamont's Plan, Our Plan: A Comparison

Governor Lamont has issued a proposal, but our plan includes new priorities we believe better fit what's needed to revive our state. Our chief goal was to avoid using these one-time federal revenues for current or new long-term programs, aiming to avoid making our state’s structural budgetary problems worse. We focused our attention on infrastructure challenges that have been revealed through the pandemic as well as concepts we contend will help fuel economic growth.

Major Category

Total Governor

Total House GOP

Early Childhood Care4Kids Parent Fees for Two Years House Republicans would allocate more for parents in work training/higher education where two-year certification is likely.

Total Governor

$5,300,000

Total House GOP

$10,600,000

Government Services NEW Special Transportation Fund Governor Lamont does not use Rescue act dollars to ensure the viability of the fund. Our plan does. 

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$100,000,000

Economic Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund House Republicans would invest in offsetting future business taxes/penalties

Total Governor

$50,000,000

Total House GOP

$400,000,000

K12 Education NEW We propose providing 10,000 children who cannot attend school with remote learning opportunities, recommending Pearson model instruction. 

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$60,000,000

K12 Education NEW Our plan provides technical high schools with funding for extended hours, solving what we contend has been an impediment to strengthening our state's workforce.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$24,000,000

Early Childhood Early Childhood Funding for Home Visiting RFP House Republicans would prioritize single-parent households.

Total Governor

$2,000,000

Total House GOP

$2,000,000

Economic Economic Support for Venues Our plan would allocate for venues outside of the Capitol Region Development Authority (e.g. Riverhouse at Haddam, Aqua Turf in Southington, Dodd Stadium in Norwich.)

Total Governor

$7,500,000

Total House GOP

$7,500,000

Government Services Biennium Budget Revenue Our plan would reduce federal dollars for general fund utilization, reducing out-year potential cliff by instituting CREATES report savings.

Total Governor

$1,750,000,000

Total House GOP

$1,300,000,000

Economic NEW Supports to Arts and Cultural Organizations. Our plan would focus on local non-profit arts groups that had no paid staff, not qualifying for PPP.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$5,000,000

Mental Health NEW  K12 expansion of suicide prevention, using QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) protocols.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$2,000,000

Government Services NEW Our plan creates a Veteran Service Organizations Infrastructure Program (VIP), max grant amount $100,000.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$20,000,000

Public Health NEW Our plan calls for long term assessment and upgrades at the Sgt. John L. Levitow Healthcare Center veterans' home in Rocky Hill.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$42,000,000

Government Services NEW Our plan creates a Homeless & Domestic Violence Center Infrastructure Program, max grant amount $25,000.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$15,000,000

Public Health NEW Landlord Assistance Fund for lead abatement, weatherization, and other public health upgrades focused on children's health outcomes.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$20,000,000

Government Services NEW Municipal Program, including bikeways, sidewalks to support non-car transportation, max grant amount $25,000 & local match 20%.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$5,000,000

K12 Education NEW Provide technical high schools with legislatively approved investments and encourage manufacturing partnerships. Use the previously discussed Finance Committee priority list.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$40,000,000

Government Services NEW Our plan would create a Municipal Park and Recreation Infrastructure Program, max grant amount $100,000.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$40,000,000

Mental Health Adult Mental Health Services Our plan would not fund additional social media advertising. 

Total Governor

$20,400,000

Total House GOP

$20,400,000

Government Services NEW House Republicans plan for Senior Center and Library Grants for technology upgrades & expand subscription services, max grant amount $20,000.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$50,000,000

Private Providers Direct Payments HRO plan would direct payments to non-profit providers.

Total Governor

$50,000,000

Total House GOP

$50,000,000

State COVID Testing Program The House Republican allocation plan instead prioritizes testing at nursing homes. 

Total Governor

$240,000,000

Total House GOP

$100,000,000

Public Health House Republicans call for more funding for respite care for family caregivers.

Total Governor

$3,000,000

Total House GOP

$6,000,000

Govt Services NEW Emergency Management Infrastructure Grant, max $50,000 with 50% of funding reserved for volunteer organizations.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$20,000,000

Governor's Plan, Our Plan: Capitol Projects Fund Comparison

Connecticut is set to receive more than $141 million in federal aid for capitol projects. See below for just a few of our ideas.

Category

Gov. FY22

House GOP Fy22

Nursing Homes Infrastructure Fund Our plan would provide a low cost program for improvements like HVAC, internet platforms that support communication.

Total Governor

$20,000,000

Total House GOP

$40,000,000

Broadband Public Space Connectivity.

Total Governor

$15,000,000

Total House GOP

$5,000,000

Non Profit Support NEW Our plan allows for rolling grant application process for capital improvements, max grant amount $250,000.

Total Governor

$--

Total House GOP

$35,563,000