Bipartisan State Budget
For the second time in just over six months, the General Assembly has approved a bipartisan state budget.
We increased stabilized the Special Transportation Fund, restored MSP, and socked away funds in the Rainy Day Fund.
Here are some key features of the budget agreement:
- Restores municipal aid cuts
- Restores funding to the Medicare Savings Program that helps low-income elderly individuals and the disabled pay for the cost of medicine and health care premiums
- Restores $12 million to the Husky A program which assists more than 13,000 people
- Restores solvency to the Special Transportation Fund, helping to avoid transit district cuts, fare increases and keep transportation projects on track
- Puts more than a billion dollars into the state’s Rainy Day Fund
While the bipartisan budget agreement is the capstone to a successful legislative session, we also moved forward on many other important issues, including:
- Pay equity, or equal pay for equal work
- Pay increases for home care and group home workers
- Assuring a woman’s right to health care access
- Drug price transparency
- A ban on bump stocks to save lives and promote safety
- Allowing undocumented students, or Dreamers, to have access to student financial aid
- Assuring the timely handling and processing of sexual assault evidence kits and the compassionate and fair treatment of victims
- A plan to increase the use of clean energy and to fight climate change
- Joining the National Popular Vote Compact for direct election of the president
I hope you share my excitement over these accomplishments as we continue moving Connecticut forward!