Republicans crafted a budget, unlike Democrat leaders, that includes ideas of moderate Democrats, incorporates long overdue structural changes, and provides relief for taxpayers. It doesn’t contain political earmarks or new taxes.
It boosts school funding and recommends an updated formula that increases aid to poorer towns with growing populations, and decreases funding over time to wealthier towns with declining school enrollment. It provides funding to all towns at 2017 levels so they can prepare accordingly and creates a task-force with education stakeholders to create a different formula by April 2018. If they fail, then our formula becomes law.
It makes modest and long overdue changes to labor contracts after 2027, which the Attorney General’s ruling supports as legal. It also relies upon the very same actuaries employed by the governor’s office to calculate the savings from these changes.
Does this budget make painful cuts? Yes. We have to prioritize the spending of your tax dollars to get our beautiful state back on track. Tough medicine, but necessary to our fiscal health.
Our budget provides $1 BILLION to UConn and initiates purchasing/contracting flexibility so the university can save money and enhance revenues. It also reduces funding to UConn by no longer allowing employees’ children to attend tuition-free and asking professors to teach an additional class. It scales back an expensive, bloated administrative system — so we can restore essential funding for core state services such as employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, substance abuse treatment to combat the escalating opioid epidemic, the Care4Kids program for working families, and the CT Home Care program that helps seniors age in place.
Months ago, he asked lawmakers to send a budget to his desk that didn’t lead with tax increases.
He now has that bipartisan budget.
Melissa Ziobron, State Represenative