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GOP Releases Budget, Without Tax Hikes

April 27, 2017 By Staff
GOP Releases Budget, Without Tax Hikes

Legislative leaders in the GOP released a budget on Thursday that they say is a strong blueprint for Connecticut going forward: no tax hikes, restoration of local aid, and "streamlin[ing]" of government.

On Thursday, Senate and House Republicans released a two-year budget plan they say will restore “confidence in Connecticut” and create “stability and predictability in all parts of our state.”

The comments, made by Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven), come after this week’s Democratic spending package fell apart in committee, making the Appropriations Committee miss its deadline for submitting a spending plan for the state.

The GOP says their budget:

  • Does not raise taxes
  • Does not have tolls
  • Reforms some of the education and town aid that the governor’s budget had cut
  • Stops the governor’s plan to pass one-third of teachers’ pension costs on to towns and cities
  • “Streamlines government”

The GOP, along with Democrats, will need to close a larger gap than planned, after Thursday’s shocking news that state income tax collections are “in free fall,” adding around $1.1 billion to an already-$3.6 billion budget deficit in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

GOP leaders acknowledged this shocking news on Thursday as they released their budget, and said they’re willing to come to the negotiating table, according to CT News Junkie:

Fasano said they are doing the best they can and they’re willing to continue the conversation at the negotiating table. [House Minority Leader Themis] Klarides said the numbers are changing every day and they wanted to get something out there.

The tax-free GOP proposal stands in contrast to some Democrats, who last week considered sales and income tax hikes before scrapping their plans.