Republican budget would have devastating effects on Bridgeport and its residents

September 19, 2017

The state legislature has a responsibility to adopt a budget that puts Connecticut residents first and reflects our top priorities. The Republican budget that was passed by thin majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives early Saturday morning represents a Connecticut that contradicts our core values.

The Republicans’ two-year budget decreases funding to cities that need it most and increases aid to affluent suburban towns. This proposal also slashes vital services and programs that our most vulnerable residents rely on.

If adopted, this budget would hinder our urban cities’ abilities to become the economic drivers Connecticut needs to attract young professionals and new businesses.

Not only is this budget unbalanced, but it relies on unrealistic savings and contains significant cuts to higher education.

The Republican budget would:

  • Increase Bridgeport residents’ car tax rate from 37 mills to 54 mills
  • Repeal the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account program, which would prevent future regional sales tax from being diverted to offset local property taxes
  • Cut education funding to Bridgeport by more than $7 million
  • Slash city funding
  • Impose a 10 percent state admissions tax for ticket sales to events at Webster Arena and the Ballpark at Harbor Yard
  • Triple the cut to the earned income tax credit, hurting the working poor
  • Decimate the many social service, workforce development and youth services programs our residents rely on
  • Diminish funding to our state colleges and local independent colleges such as Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities and University of Bridgeport
  • Reduce funding to local attractions such as Beardsley Zoo
  • Eliminate our nationally-recognized clean elections program and open the door to dirty money that buys elections

As Gov. Malloy continues to vet the Republicans’ budget proposal, it is time for legislators to come together to pass a bipartisan budget that prioritizes Connecticut residents' needs, helps small businesses, addresses the educational achievement gap, and steadies the state’s financial footing.