Budget Update

May 1, 2017

Reaching a balanced state budget is a long process with many difficult decisions. I'd like to provide an update on where we are in that process.

On Tuesday the Appropriations Committee was scheduled to vote on a bipartisan state budget that they had been working on for the past month. This effort was marked by compromise - both Republicans and Democrats have been fully involved in the ongoing negotiations.

However, Committee leadership was forced to cancel the vote after abruptly learning that Republicans were no longer supporting the bipartisan budget. This was a disappointing development, as the budget included both Democratic and Republican priorities.

In these difficult fiscal times, no one is going to agree 100% with any budget that we produce. But governing is about making compromises so that we can continue to move Connecticut forward.

I would like to see the Appropriations and Finance Committee chairs and Republicans convene with all legislative leaders so we can begin the real negotiations needed to move our state forward.

I am committed to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach a fair and balanced budget that puts the interests of Connecticut residents first.