GOP Rep Davis to Malloy: Why Bond $40M for XL Center When We’re Cutting Medicare and Mental Health?November 29, 2017
"I think sends the wrong message to the people of Connecticut," Davis told Malloy.
State Rep. Chris Davis (R-Ellington) spoke out on the State Bond Commission’s decision to bond $40 million for the XL Center on Wednesday, asking why the state is spending $40 million on the aging facility while making cuts to Medicare, mental health, and funding for the homeless.
Davis made the comments ahead of a vote for Item #1 on the Bond Commission’s November 29 agenda, which according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis “will finance improvements for the XL Center in Hartford including the acquisition of abutting real estate and design planning.”
The bonding was approved, with Davis voting against the item.
Before the vote, Davis said:
“I think the message that it sends to the people of Connecticut, that we’re spending $40 million on the XL Center, when we’re making cuts to Medicare savings programs that will impact senior citizens across the state, when you look at the holdbacks that have been issued by the governor’s office, and there’s cuts to mental health services, and student programs, and youth services, and homeless services, those types of things. And then to spend $40 million on a facility that’s owned by the city of Hartford and managed by the state of Connecticut I think sends the wrong message to the people of Connecticut.”
Malloy responded back with barbs, noting the Bond Commission doesn’t bond for operating expenses.
Davis made the point that both operating and bonding expenses are paid for by the Connecticut taxpayer.
Davis and Malloy kept going at each other over the XL Center, with Malloy pointing out the item was included for in the budget.
Davis noted he’s voting against the item in the Bond Commission, and that the budget was able to pass on a bipartisan basis precisely because Republicans and Democrats in the legislature cut Malloy out.
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