Malloy, in a Sour Letter to GOP: Send Me Your Budget NowMarch 10, 2017
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to GOP legislative leaders on the budget, which Senate Republican leader Len Fasano called "politically charged."
In response to GOP concerns about his budget, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) became a tad sour on Thursday. In a letter, the governor told GOP leaders to produce a budget proposal … now.
“I assume that your commendable resolve on this front is accompanied with a clear plan to bring forward your own balanced budget proposal very soon,” Malloy wrote, according to The CT Mirror. “Please let me know at your earliest convenience when your full, detailed budget will be shared.”
Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano wrote back: “Thank you for your obviously politically charged and partisan letter today.”
Fasano and House Republican leader Themis Klarides had asked for the budget to be passed by May 5 – instead of June 7 – to give towns and cities more certainty in crafting their own budgets.
In case Malloy left any doubt about the partisan nature of his letter, his campaign Twitter account – @DanMalloyCT – tweeted this out on Thursday afternoon:
Malloy to GOP: Where's your budget? https://t.co/4P1WhrOJJE
— Dan Malloy (@DanMalloyCT) March 9, 2017
Of course, even when the GOP does submit a budget proposal, it remains to be seen how seriously Malloy and Democratic leadership in the legislature take the ideas from their opposition.
The legislative GOP has consistently proposed budgets that offer short- and long-term fixes to the state’s budget problems. When the GOP proposed last year’s budget fixes, State Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) said, on the same day: “their plan is unworkable.”
When Connecticut Republicans release a budget plan, it will be an opportunity to see if Malloy plans to take their proposal seriously, or is just using the Republican Party as a partisan punching bag.
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