With an unusual bill, state legislators are reminding Gov. Ned Lamont they have significant role in disbursing federal coronavirus relief.
While Lamont’s plan provides short-term stability, it also could leave Connecticut with challenges after the 2022 elections.
“I can’t afford to do that,” Lamont said of granting the hospitals’ larger request.
When it comes to state finances, the constitutional spending cap has been the elephant in the room for the past decade. But the leaders of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee took the first step Monday to force a debate on a broken budget mechanism that increasingly promotes fiscal maneuvering, hefty borrowing, secrecy, and forfeiture of federal dollars.