Opposing A Devastating GOP Budget

September 21, 2017

The effect of this vote is that we made a statement about our priorities for Connecticut. As you know, I've been pushing for fairness, responsibility, and economic growth. We were never going to be able to solve every problem overnight. But the budget that emerged over the weekend takes a huge step backward.

This budget:

  • Eliminates funding for job training programs, when we need to be putting more people to work.
  • Decimates funding for UConn, state universities and community colleges, and will raise the cost of going to college.
  • Raises taxes on the 1,500 hard working folks in East Haven who rely on the earned income tax credit.
  • Guarantees electricity rate increases for every family and business in the state.
  • Lowers the wages of construction workers.
  • Allows corporations to have a greater say in our elections.
  • Does nothing to combat our long-term debt, which is the biggest reason why we are perennially having really difficult fiscal discussions about the budget.
  • Jeopardizes the agreement with the hospitals that will improve care and preserve hospital jobs.

We made a statement that those are our priorities. Not truly tackling the budget problem. Not making creating jobs a priority.

On a personal note, it's hard not to feel discouraged. But I know that I have a responsibility to fight against these dangerous budget items, and to defend hard-working, middle-class East Haven families.

I will continue to do everything in my power to prevent this budget, and devastating cuts, from becoming law. And I will continue to introduce legislation that grows our economy, and that doesn't place financial burdens solely on our blue-collar, working families like this budget does.