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Senate GOP Leader: Legislature Looking at Reversing Hartford Aid After State Bailed Out City

April 13, 2018 By Staff
Senate GOP Leader: Legislature Looking at Reversing Hartford Aid After State Bailed Out City

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) suggested the state legislature will not stand for the 20-year, $500 million deal the state cut with the capital city.

Republicans have about had it with the state’s 20-year, $500 million deal to bail out the city of Hartford. As a result, the leader of the Senate GOP is now suggesting there could be bipartisan support in the legislature to reverse the state’s aid to Hartford.

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) told the Hartford Courant:

Fasano and others are now seeking a reversal on a bipartisan basis in the final three weeks of the legislative session that ends at midnight on May 9.

“I think there is a way to do that at this point,’’ Fasano told The Courant. “There is a way to do it bipartisanly. I do believe there is a way to do it.’’

While the final language is not ready, the new bill would clarify that the General Assembly wanted to help the capital city for two years only.

Essentially, state leaders are arguing that the state took a limited, two-year deal to help Hartford avoid immediate bankruptcy, and made it a blank check to cover Hartford’s debts over the next two decades.

Fasano’s comments echo a letter he and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) sent to Malloy budget leader Ben Barnes and State Treasurer Denise Nappier (D-Conn.) last month, asking they not go forward with the $500-million deal to pay Hartford’s debts.

Fasano and Klarides also noted they would plan to continue cutting municipal aid to Hartford in subsequent fiscal years, by the amounts the state is scheduled to pay out under its deal with Hartford.