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GOP Leaders to Dems: Where’s the Other Half of Your Budget?

April 25, 2018 By Staff
GOP Leaders to Dems: Where’s the Other Half of Your Budget?

Len Fasano and Themis Klarides want legislative Democrats to share how they plan to pay for their appropriations package.

The Republican leaders of the Senate and the House are calling on their Democratic counterparts to release a full state budget, claiming Democrats have only released a spending list without a plan to pay for it.

“If we want to have serious negotiations, Democrats need to share with us their budget in full,” said Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby). “What Democrat lawmakers released on Friday was not a complete budget. As they admit, it was a spending plan only.”

“While it spelled out what Democrats want to spend money on, it failed to define how they would pay for any of it,” Fasano and Klarides continued. “It was an appropriations package only, missing the revenue side and exceeding the constitutional spending cap.”

The Republican budget, released last week, would do the following, according to legislative Republicans:

  • “Fully” balances the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget
  • “[Eliminates] the projected $321.5 million deficit” for FY 2019
  • “[Upholds] the principles of the volatility cap agreed to in the bipartisan budget” by not spending the state’s one time-revenue windfall
  • Cuts expected revenue by $27.3 million in FY 2019; the Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) plan, by contrast, raises expected revenue $280 million
  • Cuts spending “Across the Board” by five to seven percent, with the exception of some essential services

Will Democrats release a revenue side to their budget? Time will tell, but time to pass a budget in the regular legislative session is running out.