BREAKING: After Fasano Suggests GOP Budget Could Pass, Three Dem Senators Defect to GOPSeptember 15, 2017
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):
Dem Sen Paul Doyle says he will vote for GOP budget dooming Dems budget deal!
— Mark Davis (@markdavisWTNH) September 15, 2017
Second came Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford):
Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, says she's been given two imperfect choices. She favors the GOP plan. pic.twitter.com/YjED7RHz0H
— Max Reiss (@MaxReiss) September 15, 2017
And third came Sen. Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury):
Sen Joan Hartley also chooses Republican alternative to the Democratic budget that Democratic leaders and Gov Malloy negotiated.
— Paul Hughes (@RA_PaulHughes) September 15, 2017
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:
Senate sends Republican budget to the House changing the dynamics pic.twitter.com/y6Gc8kFKus
— ctnewsjunkie (@ctnewsjunkie) September 15, 2017
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