Preserving Funds For Danbury, HospitalsApril 5, 2016
Last week, we approved a bipartisan agreement for balancing the current year’s budget. We included targeted budget cuts of $220 million to mitigate the projected deficit.
This mitigation package:
- Preserves municipal aid for Danbury
- Keeps our property taxes lower
- Restores devastating cuts to hospital funding
- Protects patients
- Spares deeper and more painful cuts to social service providers
- Keeps services we rely on
Earlier in March, millions of dollars in payments to Connecticut's hospitals were suspended – a loss that hit many small hospitals across the state very hard. Thanks to this bipartisan agreement, the payments will be made.
In the coming weeks, we will be discussing how to fill the $900 million hole in next year’s budget.
As Deputy House Speaker, I am working with my colleagues to revise the governor’s proposed budget for our next fiscal year by examining it line by line, holding state agencies accountable and identifying savings and efficiencies. This is not an easy process, but I believe it will result in a budget that protects services for our most vulnerable, supports middle-class taxpayers and invests in long-term growth and job creation.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you would like to discuss this or any other issue, I am always available by email or phone at email@example.com or (860) 240-8500 or 1-800-842-1902.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. It continues to be an honor and privilege to represent you in Hartford.