Posted on May 13, 2021
I just wanted to provide you with an update on the state’s budget process, including an alternative plan for use of the state’s federal pandemic aid and a brewing constitutional debate over the use of an off-budget spending account.
House Republicans recently unveiled an alternative proposal for the use of that aid to address the lingering challenges of COVID, as well as position our state for future growth.
Most importantly, our plan recognizes that one-time federal aid should not be spent to create continuing programs, but instead focused on targeted needs like infrastructure, long-term care and learning loss in education.
The ‘Revive CT’ plan:
The Appropriations Committee is set to meet tomorrow to debate the Governor’s plan, with a committee vote pending for Friday.
It is my hope that my legislative colleagues will recognize the importance of using this funding properly and not creating future fiscal pitfalls for our state.
House Republican Leader Candelora recently sent a letter to Attorney General William Tong requesting a formal ruling on the constitutionality of the ‘Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund’.
The Attorney General is being asked to review a section of HB-6443 that would divert revenue from…
To an off-budget account separate from the General Fund and not subject to the constitutional spending cap.
This account would be overseen by only a handful of public officials, including only two legislators.
I am deeply concerned that this approach would take spending decisions on a $1 billion dollar fund out of the hands of the people’s representatives.
I hope the Attorney General can provide some clarity on this issue, and I will be sure to update you on this issue when there are new developments.
As the legislative session continues, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have.
State Representative for the 112th District
Monroe and Newtown