The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests.
Legislators considered hundreds of bills during the session that ended June 3, and only a fraction made it through both chambers. (Some got revived in a budget implementation bill that passed during the June 29 special session.) We’ve designed this tool to help you see what happened to key legislation — what passed the House and Senate, what didn’t make it up for a vote in one or both chambers, and what gets signed or vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
This year, Connecticut passed groundbreaking legislation that once again proved it is a leader in the LGBTQ rights movement – the birth certificate bill. It allows transgender and intersex people to correct the gender designation on their birth certificates. By passing this bill, the state removed discriminatory policies and eliminated barriers preventing members of the transgender community from accessing their basic rights.
As we have observed this budget debate, which seems more vitriolic than past years, we question whether there is a mechanism in place where business and government, alongside our nonprofits, can look at the social service needs of our communities. It seems that we must find new ways to work together to support our safety net while also meeting the needs of businesses that must focus on the return to their shareholders.
Apparently, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the majority of the elected representatives to the state legislature have decided that historic preservation, affordable housing, open space preservation and farmland protection and promotion of locally grown produce are no longer important to the citizens of Connecticut. If they cared about any of that, they would not be stealing any funds from the Community Investment Act account by sweeping the funds into the general fund over the next budget cycle.