Malloy to legislature: “Come in and do your job”

- FILE - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy says state lawmakers should address the ballooning deficit in the new state budget now and not wait until next month.  But legislative leaders have decided to bring lawmakers back to Hartford for one day during Christmas week to just fix the “Medicare Savings Program” and go home.

The Governor saying today,  “What I’m saying is; come in and do your job.”  The Governor says the plan by legislative leaders to come back to the Capitol Christmas week to fix the Medicare Savings Program for six months doesn’t make any sense adding, “You passed a budget. You told the world how great you are for passing a budget. It’s in deficit; solve the problem and don’t make it worse and call that a solution.”

But legislative leaders say they want to relieve some of the stress on thousands of seniors and the disabled before the new year starts.  “We’ve all come to a decision on how we’re going to do that…that would be from January to the end of June,”  said Sen. Len Fasano (R- North Haven) the Republican Senate President Pro tem.

Senate Democratic Senate President Pro tem Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) says it doesn’t make any sense to address the deficit now because it may change after the January 15 quarterly filings for the state income tax adding, “We will also then have at least some information on the strength of the Sales Tax in the holiday season. We won’t have all the data on that by January 15 but we will have some so at least will indicate some trends for us.”

The Governor says all indications are that by then the deficit will be even worse especially if more spending cuts don’t start on January 1st.  Sen Looney also saying,  “What we want to do is try to get into bipartisan talks as soon as possible and continue on the bipartisan path that we established by the budget that we passed at the end of October.”

Legislative leaders also want to attempt to restore the $91 million in cuts to the cities and towns that the Governor announced last month. That’s on top of the $208 million dollar deficit.

 

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