Follow the Budget Process

February 24, 2023
At the start of the month, the Governor presented his two-year budget proposal, which marked the first step in the complex budget process. Below, you will find a step-by-step breakdown on how you can follow the budget process along with some committee updates:

You can click on any of the links above to jump to that section of the email. I hope that you find these resources helpful.

Follow the Budget Process
On February 8, Governor Lamont presented his two-year state budget to my colleagues and I in the legislature. From here, on an individual and committee level, we will review the proposals and make recommendations. Yesterday, the Appropriations Committee held a public hearing on the “budget bill” to hear from the public, legislators, and agencies.

In the coming weeks, the legislature's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will review the proposal and schedule their own public hearing. You can keep track of when this public hearing will take place, and access testimony from yesterday's hearing by clicking the buttons below to visit the committee pages.

Appropriations Committee
Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee
After the public hearings, Appropriations develops a revised budget which is then passed out of the committee. This usually happens in April. At the same time, the Finance Committee will determine if there should be any changes to the bill's revenue package.
Legislative leaders, typically in consultation with the Office of the Governor and the Office of Policy and Management, work to develop a final budget bill. During this time, any number of changes may be made to the budget through bipartisan negotiations.
The budget bill then goes before the House and Senate. Each chamber must pass the same version of the budget in order for the bill to move-on to the next step in the process.
After being passed by both chambers, the legislature’s final budget must then be signed into law by the governor before the end of the fiscal year, June 30.
I hope you follow along as my legislative colleagues and I work, along with the public, to develop a budget that will continue to move Connecticut forward.
Committee Work
This week was extra short for Committee work. First, we had a long weekend to celebrate President's Day, then on Tuesday, our statewide offices faced network outages nearly all day. The outage sadly forced us to postpone our Children's Committee hearing, which is now being held today at 11AM. I hope that anyone who was signed up to testify on Tuesday will be able to testify during the hearing today, as these are important bills.

My two other Committees - Education and Public Health - also held hearings this week, but were thankfully not affected by the outage.

To access all public hearing agendas, meeting agendas, and testimony please click the buttons below.

Please also feel free to watch sections - or the hearings in their entirety - in the recordings below:

Committee on Children
Education Committee
Public Health Committee
Public Health Committee Hearing
Education Committee Hearing
Follow Session
This is just a reminder that the Hamden Assessor's Office is still accepting applications for credits on real estate tax bills for qualifying elderly and/or disabled residents and local veteran residents.

Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Program

  • 65 years of age or over or totally disabled
  • Own and reside in the home
  • Have income of $49,100 or less for a married couple or $40,300 or less for a single person
  • 2022 income tax filing must be provided
    • *If income tax filing is no longer needed for you, please submit the Social Security Award Letter and any other 1099 income statements received*
  • Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2023

State and Local Veterans Exemption Program

  • Served, or be currently serving, on active duty for a minimum of 90 days during a time of war and have filed a notice of honorable discharge or active duty with the Town Clerk
  • Have income of $49,100 or less for a married couple and $40,300 or less for a single person
    • *Unless the veteran has a 100% VA rated disability rating*
  • Taxable income information must be provided
  • Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2023

How to Submit: 
Please fill out an application by
clicking here, fill out items 1 through 5, and print the document out. The rest of the application will be completed in person in the Assessor’s Office upon submission.
Applications must be submitted in person in the Assessor’s Office and remember to bring all appropriate income verification documents listed above.

  • The Assessor’s Office is located on the 1st Floor (lower level) of Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, and is open from 8:30AM – 12:00PM and 2:00PM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Please Note* Homeowners and veterans currently enrolled in a program and are due to reapply will receive a notice by mail.
For any questions or further information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (203) 287-7128 or by email at

Aid for Ukraine
As we recognize the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, I wanted to remind you all that there are ways we can offer aid and support to the innocent citizens of Ukraine.

Fellow community member, Olena Lennon, provided us with this list of legitimate donation sites for aid to the Ukrainian community:

  • Click here to help volunteer to help Ukraine
  • Click here to learn more about projects helping Ukraine
  • Click here to support funding to cover administrative costs to help Ukraine
  • Click here to learn how to help Ukrainians

Our community, state, and country all stand with the innocent citizens of Ukraine and we will continue to do all we can to offer support while actively trying to deescalate conflict.

TEAM Community Needs Survey
TEAM, Inc. is working on there annual Community Needs Assessment and wants to hear from you!

Residents of Derby, Orange and Woodbridge are asked to take this short survey, which will clarify what resources we need in the community to better provide for residents like you. If you are willing, please click or scan the QR code below to take the survey.