Gov’s Office; Budget cuts are important, step in right direction

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As students walk across the campus at Central Connecticut State University, on the Governor’s list of the $78 million in proposed cuts, $1.6 million to Connecticut State University, senior Frankie Petraccon wondering will tuition go up? “Students like myself if they were to raise the tuition I don’t think a lot of students will be able to afford it.”

But overall will the $1.6 million be felt when it is spread out over the campuses around Connecticut? It’s just a couple hundred thousand dollars in tens of millions being spent on education in the state. And that is the governor’s plan, to make small cuts across the board, according to Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “So people look at where were taking it from, they say don’t do it there, well you know what? We are asking our agencies to really redesign what they are doing.”

The Governor’s office says you can’t spend what you don’t have. And nobody likes to make cuts. But the Lieutenant Governor says the cuts are important and a step in the right direction towards a $220 million deficit that they have to cure by the end of May. And they say they’re also looking ahead to next years budget.

“The legislature and the Governor are going to be working at that to make sure we have a balanced budget for next year,” said Wyman.

Professor Eric Chen teaches business at the University of St. Joseph. He says the Governor is stepping up and taking the lead, but ultimately it will be up to lawmakers to decide how to over come $220 million shortfall.

“Anyone calling for cuts is going to be very unpopular, but the reality is you have to balance your budget, how are you going to do it? There is a process, and I think people are going to have to come to the table and talk about their priorities and needs,” Chen explained.

Lawmakers have until May 31st to figure out how to balance the budget.

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