MERIDEN & HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) says he is calling lawmakers back to Hartford Tuesday to vote on the override of Governor Malloy’s veto of the Republican budget that passed the House and Senate last month.
“We’re here today to urge state lawmakers to come together and stand up to Governor Malloy’s veto of the state budget that passed the legislature with bipartisan support,” said Sen. Len Suzio (R-Meriden).
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Republicans are holding events like one outside Meriden City Hall saying the Governor’s Executive Order will now force local Property Taxes up in dozens of towns.
Ed Bailey, the Republican 1st Selectman of Middlefield says it, “Will result in another $500 increase in my town to the average tax payer.”
Hartford state lawmakers stood in front of Hartford City Hall to say that the Republican budget makes the bankruptcy of the Capitol City a certainty.
Rep. Brendan McGee (D-Hartford) stated, “We are definitely in support of the Governor’s veto. The budget that the GOP put forth would really hurt and decimate many municipalities throughout the state.”
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The Republican budget provides less than half the funding Hartford’s mayor says he needs to keep city finances above water. It also includes no funding for the rehab of the XL Center which the Governor and top Democrats say is essential to the city’s survival.
It also affects hundreds of Hartford kids going to community college.
“Over 700 children receive about $1.7 million from the Roberta Willis Scholarship Fund, all that money has been removed from the Republican budget,” said Sen. Doug McCrory (D-Hartford).
Despite the daunting task of getting about 25 more Democrats to vote for the override (only 5 voted for the Republican budget in the House), Suzio says, “I believe we can have an effect. I’m not going to give up just because the odds and the political wisdom say it can’t be done. I’m convinced it can be done.”
In addition to taking up that veto override, the House leadership says if the Hospital Tax element of the budget is ready, it could also come up for a vote.
Here’s the break down of the Governor’s Executive Order now in effect in the absence of a state budget: