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Fasano Reminds People: State About to Hand Out $80M in Union Bonuses

June 29, 2018 By Staff
Fasano Reminds People: State About to Hand Out $80M in Union Bonuses

The lump-sum, $79.5-million payment is a reminder, for Fasano, of why he and other Republicans voted against the SEBAC deal in 2017.

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) wants to remind constituents that the state of Connecticut, mired in long-term deficit and debt troubles, is about to hand out $80 million in bonuses to state employees.

Fasano’s release says:

The SEBAC deal not only extends and locks in health care and pension benefits until 2027, it also implements raises that will average 11% over two years and authorizes one-time lump sum payments of at least $2,000 to all unionized state employees.

The bonuses of $2,000 or greater will cost the state $79.5 million and are scheduled to be distributed in state employees’ July 19th paychecks.

And Fasano himself weighs in.

“At a time when the state should be prioritizing funds to help the most vulnerable, we are locked in to spending tens of millions of dollars on raises and bonuses for every single unionized state employee.”

The SEBAC deal was adopted by 78-72 and 18-18 votes in the House and Senate, respectively. No Republicans supported the deal.

From fiscal years (FYs) 2018 through 2021 – four total FYs – the agreement will save the state an estimated $1.18 billion. Republicans, though, argue the deal trades away too much to public-sector unions, such as locking in benefits until 2027 and preventing layoffs until 2021.