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EXCLUSIVE: Senate GOP President Blasts “Absurd,” “Disrespectful” Budget Process

September 14, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Senate GOP President Blasts “Absurd,” “Disrespectful” Budget Process

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) did not mince words when asked for his thoughts on Democratic leaders' secretive budget process.

It’s “ridiculous, absurd, and disrespectful” to the people of Connecticut.

That was the conclusion of Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) when Reclaim Connecticut asked him about Democrats’ attempts to pass a 600-plus page budget “negotiated in the dark,” in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Democrats are hoping to hold a vote on their budget. Fasano said it’s likely going to be “600-and-something pages at a minimum,” and members will have “very little time to read it.”

Democrats have preached transparency and openness, Fasano said, but in the end they “negotiated in the dark.”

“Nobody knows what the budget is,” Fasano added.

A BETTER WAY?

Reclaim Connecticut asked Fasano why he believes in the GOP budget proposal released this week. He listed five reasons, in this order:

  • 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”

“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.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Asked what Senate and House Republicans will do if Democrats and Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) pass a budget on strict party lines, Fasano’s answer was short and simple.

“Take that issue into 2018,” the Senate Republican leader said.

When asked to expand on that, and offer readers a preview of what’s to come in 2018 from Republicans, Fasano said: “I just think talking about the need to change the dynamic at this Capitol.”

“Too long,” Fasano concluded, “it’s been controlled by one party.”