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162 Legislators Snub Malloy, Vote for Bipartisan Fix to Program for Seniors

January 9, 2018 By Staff
162 Legislators Snub Malloy, Vote for Bipartisan Fix to Program for Seniors

All but four legislators voting on Monday elected to snub the veto threat of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and greenlight a bipartisan fix to a Medicare program that benefits low-income seniors.

Overwhelming majorities in the state House and state Senate voted for a bipartisan fix to the state’s Medicare Savings Program (MSP), snubbing the veto threat of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and sending another signal to Malloy that he is, effectively, a ‘lame duck’ governor.

According to NBC Connecticut, the vote tallies were 130-3 in the House of Representatives and 32-1 in the Senate.

Malloy had threatened to veto the bill even though the fiscal note from the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) confirmed that the MSP fix is paid for – it will only cost the state $610,090 in fiscal year (FY) 2018, a negligible amount.

As Malloy threatened to veto a bipartisan fix to a program that disproportionately benefits low-income seniors, he sent out a tweet about “undermin[ing] access to care” – but he was talking about the Trump administration, not his own, ‘lame duck’ administration.