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Malloy Vetoed The Bipartisan Budget

September 28, 2017 By Staff
Malloy Vetoed The Bipartisan Budget

Malloy has hammered the GOP budget since it was passed.

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT) fulfilled his promise today, and vetoed the bipartisan budget:

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed the Republican-backed state budget narrowly approved by lawmakers.

Some Republican lawmakers have responded by calling for an unlikely veto override:

Senator Fasano was asked several times, realistically, what does he see happening and he stuck with the veto override plan, saying no one thought he would get the votes for his budget plan and he did.

An animated Malloy has hammered the GOP budget since it was passed, along with UConn President Susan Herbst, who pushed back hard against proposed cuts to UConn:

Herbst called the cuts contained in the budget “unprecedented,” saying they would reduce funding for the university by more than $300 million over the next two years.

UConn staff and students held a rally against the budget cuts, chanting “tax the rich”, along with Connecticut’s labor advocates who have rejected the GOP’s proposed cuts:

The rally, which was sponsored by an arm of the Working Families Party and by some of the largest state employee labor unions, also drew activists from Hartford, which is at risk of declaring bankruptcy.

Some have questioned the facts presented by Malloy and Susan Herbst, including claims that UConn’s cuts would result in the closing of The School’s Avery Point Campus in Groton:

And then there was the bogus underlying narrative of the news conference, the suggestion that the Republican budget cuts for UConn could require closing the Avery Point campus. That’s just not true.

Meanwhile, “UConn’s spending has doubled since 2003”, and the state’s slow economic growth has resulted in reduced tax revenue, putting pressure on state leaders.

Without a budget, Connecticut’s municipalities will see “nearly $1 billion in reductions” and state residents will experience service reductions.

The states medical examiners accreditation will be put at risk, Hartford will edge closer to bankruptcy, and no state budget means no school funding for many of Connecticut’s schools:

Without a signed budget, only a handful of cities will get any money for school funding next week – leaving many in western Connecticut forced to make tough choices.

Malloy has warned of a looming federal deadline for Connecticut’s proposed hospital tax increase aimed at leveraging more federal Medicaid reimbursements. Without a budget that plan remains in jeopardy:

He said failure to reach a deal soon, before Oct. 15, will mean that Connecticut is risking increased federal reimbursements from a hospital taxing scheme that the Connecticut Hospital Association has agreed to.

The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) had previously urged Malloy to sign the budget rather than face the bleak alternatives. However, Malloy remained firm by vetoing the budget, and soon after released a statement calling the budget “unbalanced, unsustainable and unwise.”