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BREAKING: After Fasano Suggests GOP Budget Could Pass, Three Dem Senators Defect to GOP

September 15, 2017 By Staff
BREAKING: After Fasano Suggests GOP Budget Could Pass, Three Dem Senators Defect to GOP

Len Fasano told Reclaim Connecticut on Thursday that Democrats won't hold a vote on the GOP budget proposal because they're "afraid it's actually gonna pass." Today, three Democratic senators announced they would support the GOP budget.

In major, Hartford-shaking news, three Democratic senators on Friday defected from their ranks and announced their support for the no-tax budget proposed by House and Senate Republicans.

First came Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield):

Second came Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford):

And third came Sen. Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury):

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) raised this possibility in an interview with Reclaim Connecticut published the day before:

“I think [Democrats are] afraid it’s actually gonna pass,” Fasano said, when asked why Democrats have refused to hold a vote on this proposal, or any of the other previous proposals offered by Republicans in the legislature.

Fasano told Reclaim Connecticut he believes in the GOP budget proposal for five reasons:

  • It does not raise taxes
  • It supports social services
  • It “finally” funds a transportaiton system
  • It puts “structural changes” in place like a spending cap and a bonding cap
  • And in makes changes to state employee benefits for the future that “will result in savings today”

As of Friday afternoon, the Senate passed the GOP budget 21-15, according to Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie: