The Republican Budget Is Not the Answer

“I’ve been saying along that with a disastrous scenario for our schools on the horizon, it is critical that we work together and compromise with the Governor and Republicans to reach a bipartisan agreement on a final budget in short order that can become law, and properly funds our public education system. Bipartisanship is what the voters called for last November, and that message rings truer and louder today. There is no more room or time for political posturing. The Republican budget is clearly not the answer, but there is momentum and the reality is that the parties are not that far apart. Time is of the essence, so let’s all finally put our D & R aside for the betterment of our state we all love.”

- Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington)        

Here is how the Republican budget is not the answer:

  • Raises taxes on working families through ending the cap on car taxes and cutting the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Significant cuts to UConn, forcing campuses to close and raising tuition for college students
  • Ends the Clean Elections Program opening the door for big money to get into our elections
  • Cuts workforce development programs at the state Department of Labor
  • Has significance deficits in the out-years