BUDGET WARS: Malloy Says Now, Dems Say End of July, GOP Says Include UsJuly 21, 2017
As Connecticut enters its 21st day without a budget, Democrats are sniping over who should take the lead while Republicans just want to be included.
Friday is Connecticut’s 21st day without a budget, and the state continues to operate on executive orders from Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).
Here’s a status update on where all the major plays stand in 2017’s budget fight.
Malloy is asking the legislature to pass a three-month “mini-budget” that would stem some of the bleeding of spending cuts under his executive orders.
The plan would also raise some taxes.
Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) insisted this week that his caucus continues to move towards a budget vote, with the self-imposed goal being the end of July.
Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) also said that an increase in the sales tax – one proposal would raise it from 6.35 percent to 6.99 percent – is not off the table.
Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released a statement on Thursday asking Democrats to work with Republicans on a budget. Republicans and Democrats each have 18 seats in the state Senate.
“Hesitation is devastation when it comes to the state budget. The time has come for our Democrat colleagues to take us up on our offer of working together to improve the state of Connecticut. Every day that goes by with inaction on the state budget someone is suffering deeply. Senate Republicans have asked numerous times to be a part of negotiations and have made it clear that we will talk about anything and everything.”
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R-Seymour), who is considering a run for governor in 2018, also touted the Republican budget on Thursday. She said in a Facebook post that “[i]t’s time to pass a budget that helps all of Connecticut residents.”
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