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GOP and Dem Legislators Prepared to Deal Malloy a Political Blow This Week

January 29, 2018 By Staff
GOP and Dem Legislators Prepared to Deal Malloy a Political Blow This Week

On Wednesday, the legislature will hold a veto session on a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) bill Malloy rejected. They're expected to override Malloy's veto.

The Connecticut legislature is widely expected to deal Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) a political blow this week, when the two chambers convene on Wednesday to decide whether or not to override Malloy’s veto of the bipartisan fix to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP).

The House veto session will take place at 11am eastern time (ET), and the Senate veto session “immediately after.” Since overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate voted for the MSP fix, both chambers are also expected to override Malloy’s veto.

So what is MSP? We covered it late last year on Reclaim Connecticut:

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and legislative leaders will meet on Wednesday afternoon, to discuss a budget deficit for this fiscal year of more than $200 million (already) and a number of other, pressing items.

One of those items is likely to be the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), a low-cost effort in the state that helps low- and middle-income seniors afford health care.

…Like many other budget items, MSP is not inexpensive. the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) estimated this year that savings from the cutbacks to MSP would amount to $20.4 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and $61.5 million in FY 2019. That’s a total of $81.9 million.

A bitter Malloy pledged to veto the legislature’s fix this month:

The bitter and unpopular governor, entering his final year of a contentious two terms, pledged last week to veto a bipartisan fix to MSP, alleging it is “gimmickry.”

…It’s clear the governor cannot stand being out of the negotiating room, as legislators seem to have given up on him and resorted to, well, working with each other.

A veto override, the first in 2018, would be a political blow to the lame-duck governor in his final year in office.