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EXCLUSIVE: Dem Shares Why He Was One of Two to Vote Against Deficit Plan

June 1, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Dem Shares Why He Was One of Two to Vote Against Deficit Plan

Boyd fails to see the logic in nearly quadrupling gun permit fees

State Representative Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) talked to Reclaim Connecticut in a recent interview and shared his thoughts on being one of two Democrats to vote against the state’s 2017 deficit mitigation plan.

Boyd was one of two Democrats to vote against the plan, according to CT News Junkie:

The House passed the measure mostly along party lines 75 to 74. Two Democratic lawmakers were absent and two others — Rep. Pat Boyd, D-Pomfret, and Rep. Larry Butler, D-Waterbury — voted against the measure.

Representative Boyd voted with Republicans against the plan, saying: “I was concerned that part of the plan was a sweep of the pistol permit fee account.”

Republicans had offered an amendment, which Boyd voted for, replacing that sweep of over $150,000 from the “ammunition certificate account” with $300,000 instead from the film credit program. The amendment, however, failed to pass.

Boyd is a self-described “outspoken critic of the governor’s plan to raise gun permit fees.” Boyd fails to see the logic in nearly quadrupling gun permit fees because of increased demand, when there is currently a surplus in the account.

Boyd was clear that account was not “taxpayer-funded,” and couldn’t support the sweeping of its funds. As the state faces a nearly $5 billion dollar deficit, Boyd stressed that any solution he backs has to “not impact essential government services.”