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EXCLUSIVE: Senator, and LG Candidate, Joe Markley on the Budget

November 9, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Senator, and LG Candidate, Joe Markley on the Budget

With the budget’s bipartisan approval, Markley argues, Republicans are complicit with Democrats.

As Connecticut moves past the recent budget compromise, State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington) talked to Reclaim Connecticut about his thoughts and concerns over the direction of the state.

Markley opposed the budget, noting critical problems, from increases to both taxes and spending to the fundamental lack of structural changes.

Markley’s opposition is rooted in those structural problems, noting just one by saying the current budget fails to “bring down pensions costs.” While many at the Capitol may be relieved with a budget, dodging the draconian cuts towns would have faced under Gov. Dan Malloy’s (D-Conn.) executive orders, Markley made clear that the budget puts the state in the “long-term wrong direction.”

In October, Markley gave an impassioned speech that detailed his opposition:

Noting now that he would have rather seen Republicans “hold the line on taxes,” and attempt to override the governor’s veto of the Republican-led budget. He said that budget didn’t have tax increases and would have made hard decisions now rather than pushing the problem down the road.

Markley called the compromise budget a typical “death by thousand cuts,” stressing the fact that the compromise budget increases state spending overall each year.

The budget does offer both a constitutional spending cap and bonding cap, which state leaders can override if inclined. This, Markley claims, only further limits options for future state leaders instead of making the tough choices now.

The states $41.3 billion budget raises spending, increase taxes, and while hailed by some leaders, Markley is not one of them. Markley said that since “we passed a budget” now, Republicans are complicit with the Democrats.