REACTIONS: How Leaders Around the State Feel About the Bipartisan BudgetOctober 27, 2017
As the two-year budget awaits a 'yea' or 'nay' from Governor Malloy, we take a look at reactions to the budget from around the state.
While the budget awaits a signing or a veto from Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), it appears, for now, that due to veto-proof majorities in the legislature Connecticut’s four-month budget impasse is near a close.
As the state awaits Malloy’s decision, here’s a look at reactions to the budget from around the state.
TOWNS & CITIES
COST, the Connecticut Council of Small Towns, applauded passage of the budget on Thursday afternoon.
“COST applauds lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for approving a budget that will allow Connecticut’s towns and cities to provide quality education, public safety, transportation and other critical services to residents without imposing additional burdens on property taxpayers,” Executive Director Betsy Gara said.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) tweeted their praise as well.
Bipartisan budget protects municipal aid, achieves significant municpal reforms. Applaud the bipartisan compromise & leadership efforts
— CCM (@CCMAdvocacy) October 26, 2017
The Connecticut branch of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said the budget is not perfect, but it does not included “new broad-based tax changes.”
Perhaps the best part of today is that the fiscal uncertainty that the small business community has been facing is nearing an end. Spending the past several months without a budget has had an impact on our state and our employment numbers. Governor Malloy called upon the legislature to deliver a budget that did not include new broad-based tax changes and they delivered. This budget may not be a perfect product, but we hope that he will act quickly and sign it so that lawmakers can move on and begin to deal with the long-term fundamental issues that will continue to plague our budget situation if they are not addressed.
The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) echoed those sentiments, with President and CEO Joe Brennan saying “[t]he final product, while not perfect, should help provide business leaders with the confidence necessary to invest and create jobs here.”
And what of the numerous candidates running for governor, and seeking the opportunity to replace the man who will either sign or veto this budget?
- State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury): voted against the budget, saying last month’s budget should have been signed into law
- State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton): voted for the budget, saying this budget is better than government under Malloy’s executive order
- Dave Walker: applauded the “real accomplishment” of a bipartisan budget, said the “major reforms will come in 2019“
- Peter Lumaj: “this budget is a bad deal for Connecticut,” citing “$1 Billion in new spending”
- Steve Obsitnik: praised the inclusion of a “real spending cap that was supposed to be implemented 26 years ago”
- Chris Mattei: “respect[s] the sincere efforts” to reach a compromise, but honed in on a change to the scheduled wages of some unionized employees
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