Connecticut already places and insurmountable tax burden upon our residents. To ask any more is unconscionable. All of my Republican colleagues, and even 11 Democrat legislators, shared this sentiment when we voted against the Democrat-proposed tax hike. Unfortunately, this was not enough to steer the State of Connecticut off its self-destructive path.
Once a month The Mirror answers five questions about a key element of the state budget process. Today’s story looks at some key issues Gov. Dannel P. Malloy must address in his next biennial budget plan, which is due to the legislature on Feb. 18.
Connecticut Mirror Budget Reporter Keith M. Phaneuf’s award-winning series is now available here through Apple’s iTunes store.
Spoiler alert: The budget proposal released Thursday by Democrats in the General Assembly is not going to become law as written. But it helps to set the stage for negotiations with the Malloy administration toward a final budget, and it points to the legislators’ priorities.
Just one month from adopting the next state budget, legislators have learned the $19 billion plan they got from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has a $70 million hole in it, according to a new report from nonpartisan analysts. Republican legislative leaders say the shortfall happened because the administration dismissed a warning about rising health care costs five months ago.