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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) on the Budget

March 7, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) on the Budget

There is no doubt it's going to be a long budget fight, with high stakes. Boyd stressed the need for "compromise."

State Representative Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) talked to Reclaim Connecticut in a recent interview and shared his thoughts on the governor’s proposed budget.

Boyd was quick to highlight the stark differences between suburban and rural concerns, saying a “one-size-fits-all budget” simply won’t work. Proposals like Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.)’s plan to shift teacher pension costs from the state to small towns, if implemented, Boyd said, would almost certainly mean a “significant increase in mill rates” for the towns he represents.

Under Malloy’s budget, Boyd noted that rural communities stand to lose a lot, saying that the people in his district “want a bare bones budget, they feel they are being punished for being fiscally responsible”

It’s no secret that the state is standing on a fiscal cliff, Boyd suggested, saying “everyone recognizes the state’s in financial trouble.”

On a more optimistic note, he added that people “are willing to pay their fair share, but not a penny more” Boyd made it clear that he has to bring the budget back not just to small town committees, but to his entire constituency.

There is no doubt it’s going to be a long budget fight with high stakes. Boyd stressed the need for “compromise,” calling not having a budget by June 7th “a worst-case scenario.”

Until then, Boyd, a self-identified centrist, suggested he’ll continue to represent rural interests in Connecticut’s contentious budget negotiations.