HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Today, the Democrats put forward their plan that will plug the nearly billion dollar hole in the state budget in 2017 and Senator Martian Looney from New Haven says they did it without any tax increase or fees.
“It is done with a lot of cuts a lot of consolidation a lot of administration realignment and the savings wherever we can possibly find it. This is a very Spartan budget, if you look at the bottom line of it, we are now back to spending levels that are the equivalent to fiscal year 2012,” said Looney.
The Democrat predicted Thursday he will veto whatever the General Assembly passes before the session ends May 4 and probably call lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session to fix a $922 million deficit in the next fiscal year’s budget.
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In all of that consolidation and realignment, there will be more layoffs, the Democrats say, unless the unions come forward with concessions. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Len Fasano of East Haven says it’s the same old budget, dressed in different clothes.
“It costs businesses more money, it takes it out on the elderly, it takes it out on the poor, it cut social services, it places gimmicks and plays games, it is the same budget that got the state into trouble year after year. They haven’t changed and this is the wrong direction,” said Fasano.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the legislature’s Democratic majority has crafted a plan that tackles the entire deficit. He said rank-and-file lawmakers would review it on Thursday.
It was unclear when a vote might occur.
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So, while the Democrats are rolling out their budget now, Senator Fasano says the Republicans have had their budget out for a while and have been talking with the governor. They say they are already moving forward with the governor who is vowed not to sign his own parties budget as it stands now.
Malloy said his administration has a “limited sense” of what the Democrats are proposing, denying there’s any “bad blood” with lawmakers who’ve opposed his budget-cutting ideas.