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Bitter Malloy Pledges to Veto Bipartisan Fix to Medicare Program for Seniors

January 8, 2018 By Staff
Bitter Malloy Pledges to Veto Bipartisan Fix to Medicare Program for Seniors

The governor is kicking off his final year in office by throwing mud at a bipartisan deal to fix an important program that benefits low-income seniors.

Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature kicked off 2018 on a bipartisan note, coming together to patch up a problem with cuts to the state’s Medicare Savings Program (MSP), which disproportionately benefits low-income seniors in Connecticut.

Enter Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

The bitter and unpopular governor, entering his final year of a contentious two terms, pledged last week to veto a bipartisan fix to MSP, alleging it is “gimmickry.”

The Hartford Courant reported:

Malloy has been complaining that the legislature did not share with him the details of the other budget cuts intended to offset the Medicare cuts, but a version of the bill was finally released that does not meet Malloy’s approval.

“This isn’t a long bill, and yet it embodies all of the bad practices that have imperiled Connecticut’s state budget for decades,’’ Malloy said Friday. “In terms of budget gimmickry, it shoots the moon: wishful thinking, pushing problems off into the future, and shoddy math — most egregiously in the form of double-counting savings in our already underfunded teachers’ pension system.’’

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) snapped back on Friday, saying Malloy “needs to stop letting his partisan politics stand in the way of a responsible, bipartisan plan.”

“Gov. Malloy needs to stop letting his partisan politics stand in the way of a responsible, bipartisan plan to give thousands of seniors and disabled individuals the peace of mind they deserve. Once again Governor Malloy has no idea what to do to benefit the state of Connecticut. He has spent seven years destroying our state. We cannot look to him for leadership. Lawmakers have worked in a bipartisan manner to reach an agreement that restores the Medicare Savings Program funding in full for this year. Gov. Malloy does not have the authority to guarantee this funding on his own. Despite the governor’s best efforts to try to stop us, lawmakers will be convening on Monday to pass this bill. If Gov. Malloy wants to veto it, just like he threatened with the bipartisan budget, he can have at it. But lawmakers have the power to override his veto and do what is right for the thousands of seniors who need lawmakers to take action.”

It’s clear the governor cannot stand being out of the negotiating room, as legislators seem to have given up on him and resorted to, well, working with each other.

We’ll see how being shut out continues to impact Malloy in his last year in office.